Coronavirus - COVID-19

COVID-19 Government restrictions

On 4 January 2021 the government announced a national lockdown. You must stay at home.

Tell us if you think a business is not following guidance to stop the spread of COVID 19. We will not contact you unless we need more details, but we will use the information you provide to assess the situation.

We have COVID-19 guidance for businesses on our licensing pages and business grants pages

Test, trace and isolate

You should get a test only if you have symptoms of COVID-19. You will need to access the usual PCR test. You can book at test at

If you have been contacted to say you have been close to someone who has tested positive you must self isolate for 10 days. You should only get a test if you get symptoms.

A negative test result does not mean that you can stop isolating before the 10 days have passed, as you may still develop the virus within that time. You must self-isolate for the full 10 days.

GOV.UK describes how test and trace works and when you should self isolate.

Lateral flow testing

Lateral flow testing is a newer form of rapid testing that does not require laboratory processing, meaning a result can be produced in 30 minutes. These are aimed at people who have no symptoms but may still be carrying the virus, undetected.

During the national lockdown, these are being used in a targeted way for high risk groups or those with a greater vulnerability. They are not currently being used to test mass numbers of the general population. We will have information on the wider rollout as lockdown restrictions ease.

There are two main local testing sites in Cheshire East, these are

  • Crewe - Chester Street car park, CW1 2ER
  • Macclesfield -  Commercial Road, SK10 2QJ

Both sites are open seven days a week, from 8am until 8pm. These are walk-through sites with car parking facilities nearby. Appointments must be pre-booked using the online national booking facility

No walk-up appointments are available. Users will be asked to self-swab when attending.

Watch this video on what to expect when visiting one of our local testing sites

There are also mobile testing units available throughout the borough. To book an appointment and find a site near you visit

Cheshire East Council is working with colleagues in Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group and Cheshire West and Chester Council to support the roll out of Covid 19 vaccinations to eligible priority groups as determined by the Joint Committee on Vaccinations and Immunisation.

There is currently a target to vaccinate all staff who fall within Priority Cohort 2 – Frontline Health and Social Care Workers.  This includes people who work directly with people who are high risk due to age or clinical vulnerability.  

If you are an organisation which employs staff who you believe would be eligible for the vaccination under this Priority Cohort 2, please contact Rod Thomson, Public Health Consultant or Joanne Sutton, Acting Head of Commissioning at

Our local covid-19 vaccine programme is being run by the NHS Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group. See their website for what you need to know about the vaccination programme.

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See our dedicated pages for details on the support available to you in Cheshire East.

Council services during the COVID-19 outbreak

We continue to provide our services where possible, see our web pages for each service.

Cheshire East people helping people

We are helping local people to support one another by coordinating the fantastic work that is being done in communities across the borough.

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