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COVID-19: latest guidance on protecting yourself

View information and advice about protecting yourself including how to stay safe and help prevent the spread during the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Coronavirus restrictions: how to stay safe and help prevent the spread

England moved to Step 4 on Monday, 19 July 2021. While cases are high and rising, everybody needs to continue to act carefully and remain cautious. This is why the government is keeping in place key protections.  

While national restrictions have been lifted, it's important

  • To recognise we still have a duty to one another and wearing face coverings in crowded places, in council buildings and on public transport will help us do this. It will also give some people the confidence they need to go about their daily lives.
  • To take regular tests and take up the offer of both vaccine doses when it's your turn.

Government protections: how to stay safe and help prevent the spread  

Vaccination programme

Read about the vaccine, what you need to do and what will happen on the day of your appointment.

Testing children and isolation from school

Find out what parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges. It includes tracing and self-isolation, symptoms and testing and more.

NHS Test and Trace

Find out about the test and trace service, including what happens if you test positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) or have had close contact with someone who has tested positive. There's also information about how to apply for a test.

Face coverings

Face coverings are largely intended to protect others, not the wearer, against the spread of infection because they cover the nose and mouth, which are the main confirmed sources of transmission of virus that causes coronavirus infection (COVID-19).

The government expects and recommends that face coverings are worn in enclosed and crowded spaces where you may come into contact with people you don't normally meet.

Clinically extremely vulnerable residents

The shielding programme has ended. If you were previously identified as clinically extremely vulnerable, you are advised to continue to follow the guidance that is in place for everyone.

Information and advice mainly from GOV.UK and NHS.UK

There are several information sources covering a range of different topics. You may need to use more than one of these websites to help keep you stay safer. 

Handwashing advice

Handwashing still plays a key role in protecting yourself and others. Wash your hands regularly, use soap and water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitiser and make sure you store hand sanitiser safely out of reach of children.

Report a business or individual possibly breaking COVID-19 rules

Find out how to report either a business or an individual possibly breaking coronavirus measures.

Local helpline for coronavirus (COVID-19)

If you’re a vulnerable resident or know of a vulnerable resident that requires food supplies, or any other help and support please contact us.

Stay up-to-date with COVID-19 information and advice

View information and advice about the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19).

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