HOLIDAYMAKERS in Oldham travelling abroad or having breaks in the UK including the borough are being asked to be "extra cautious".

The council said residents should "try to minimise travel in and out" of the borough after Health Secretary Matt Hancock warned people to reduce their journeys in Greater Manchester.

People are being asvised to carry on following hygiene rules.

A council spokesman said: “Under the latest government guidance announced, residents should, wherever possible, try to minimise travel in and out of the affected area.

"This does not mean you cannot travel, however if you are planning a staycation or a holiday abroad, we strongly advise you to be extra cautious when you are away and the same applies to visitors coming into our borough.

“This includes following hands, face, space and fresh air, getting tested when you have symptoms and self-isolating when necessary.

“If you are travelling abroad, you must continue to follow the government’s advice on international travel and abide by the advice set out in the traffic light system.

“It is important we all continue to play our part in preventing the spread of the virus.

“The greatest way you can do this is by having the vaccination when it is offered to you because it has the potential to save thousands of lives and the lives of those closest to you.

“For more information on whether you are eligible and how you can book an appointment please visit”