Bolton residents restricted from certain pubs

People from Bolton are being advised not to go to pubs or bars in the surrounding Lancashire area.

This is because Bolton is one of the worst affected areas for Covid-19 in the UK and is under lockdown restrictions, announced by Bolton Council on Tuesday, 8 September.

The current infection rate in Bolton is 209 per 100,000 cases, according to data by Public Health England.

Some pubs in Manchester, Chorley, and some areas in Lancashire, have made it clear that Bolton residents are not allowed to go to pubs outside of their city.

The Atherton Arms in Atherton, Manchester, made a public notice to visitors from Bolton telling them they can’t enter.

Sue Rogers, a hairdresser from Manchester said: “Bury pubs are taking postcodes and turning away anyone from Bolton.”

Dave Thomson, an art student from Bolton thinks the government guidance is “hit or miss”, and understands the decision.

Stuart Wilkinson, an employee at The Willows Pub in Blackburn, responded to this notice saying, “I agree with them.

“Local lockdowns are for a reason, going to neighbouring towns defeats the object.

“The amount of guidelines and rules we have to follow is getting ridiculous.

“But if our customers aren’t adhering to it, it’s our business on the line.”

According to punters in Manchester, this is apparently only the case with smaller establishments.

Wetherspoons and other places that offer phone-to-table service, are thriving under the new restrictions due to it being easier to socially distance in their large pubs.

The Alma Inn, in Bolton, reported a Covid-19 case from track-and-trace on September 5 following the spike in infection and reported that they have fully closed on the 10th.

The Alma Inn Facebook page

The beloved music venue will have to find another way to host their events, until then, they are closed down.

The Warehouse, a nightclub in Preston, has also had to shut shop for good because of lockdown laws across the country, as well as a city-wide lockdown.

The Warehouse Facebook page

For those in the nightlife scene, the future seems uncertain as to what

Due to Covid-19, the future smaller pubs and similarly small establishments looks uncertain, and many people will miss the opportunity to socialise.