Read the latest advice and information about the Coronavirus (Covid19)
It is important to stay informed from official sources. Up to date information can be found on the NHS website.
If you think you have symptoms of coronavirus:
- a high temperature,
- a new, continuous cough, a loss of,
- or change to, your sense of smell or taste
Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service or phone NHS 111 to find out what to do. Do not go to your GP or hospital.
Rules on meeting other people
Limits on the number of people you can see socially have changed. From Monday 14 September, you can only meet a maximum of 6 friends and family you do not live. This is the sem both indoors or outdoors.
It will be against the law to meet people you do not live with in a group larger than 6 unless:
- everyone lives together or is in the same support bubble, or to continue existing arrangements where children do not live in the same household as both their parents
- It is for work, and voluntary or charitable services
- For education, training, or registered childcare (including wraparound care)
- For a legal obligations such as attending court or jury service
- Providing emergency assistance, or providing support to a vulnerable person
- For you or someone else to avoid illness, injury or harm
- Participate in children’s playgroups
- Wedding and civil partnership ceremonies and receptions, or for other religious life-cycle ceremonies - where up to 30 people will be able to attend
- Funerals - where up to 30 people will be able to attend
- Organised indoor and outdoor sports, physical activity and exercise classes (see the list of recreational team sports, outdoor sport and exercise allowed under the gyms and leisure centre guidance
- Youth groups or activities
- Elite sporting competition or training
- protests and political activities organised in compliance with COVID-19 secure guidance and subject to strict risk assessments
What is a Support Bubble?
If you live alone or you’re a single parent who lives alone with your children, you can meet with 1 other household without social distancing.
This is called a support bubble.
Once you’re in a support bubble, you can think of yourself as being in a single household with the people from that other household.
Face coverings - when you should wear one
Face coverings are mandatory for:
- Public Transport
- NHS settings
- Supermarkets, shopping centres and enclosed transport hubs
You are also strongly encouraged to wear a face covering in other enclosed public spaces where social distancing may be difficult and where you come into contact with people you do not normally meet.
Support for mental wellbeing
If you feel your mental wellbeing is being affected by the coronavirus situation the national mental health charity MIND has infomation on things you can do.
Many children will be anxious or worried about the coronavirus outbreak and that many will have questions about everything that is happening at the moment. The Children's Commissioner have created a guide to help explain to children, in language they can understand, some of the issues surrounding coronavirus.
COVID-19 test results are now being automatically sent to GP systems
COVID-19 test results are now being automatically sent to GP systems as well as being communicated to the individual, giving GPs visibility of which of their patients have had COVID-19 tests and whether they have tested positive or negative.
The results will appear in patient’s record as a laboratory test result but appear in a way that makes them easily distinguishable from other types of test results.