Covid 19: Preventing and Responding to Local Outbreaks

The aim of the national NHS Test, Trace, Contain and Engage service is to control the COVID-19 rate of reproduction (R), reduce the spread of infection and save lives. This will help return life to as normal as possible, for as many as people as possible, in a way that is safe, protects our health and care systems and releases our economy.

Achieving these objectives requires a coordinated effort with local government. Within Halton, we have worked with partners to develop Local Outbreak Control Plans which build on existing health protection plans and put in place measures to identify and contain outbreaks and protect the public's health.

Local Authorities have been required to publish Local Outbreak Plans by the end of June 2020. It should be noted, however, that the Local Outbreak Control Plans are working documents and will be updated regularly to reflect changes required to ensure they remain up to date and can be successfully executed during outbreaks.

​The Local Outbreak Control Plans are primarily about controlling outbreaks. However, preventing spread of the virus is still critically important to prevent localised outbreaks and to avoid a second wave of the pandemic. Halton residents need to continue to follow national and local guidance on staying at home if symptomatic: social distancing, washing hands, and using face coverings in public places.

Our plans consist of a set of working documents:


More information about NHS Test and Trace and how it works is available on GOV.UK website

If you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) you can get a free test to check if you have the virus. More information on testing and how to get one is available on the NHS website​​