Cornavirus advice


The self-isolation period has been extended to 10 days for those in the community who have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms or a positive test result


Social distancing

Latest government guidance on social distancing advises the following:

  • Stay at home as much as possible
  • Work from home if you can
  • Limit contact with other people
  • Keep your distance if you go out (2 metres apart where possible)
  • Wash your hands regularly



On the 1 August (Saturday) the government will pause shielding. This means those who have been shielding will no longer have to, although they are still being advised to stay at home as much as possible.

Free food parcels, medical deliveries and care from the National Shielding Service will stop although volunteers will still be available to assist with deliveries of food and prescriptions and those registered will still be eligible for priority supermarket delivery slots.


Face coverings

The wearing of face coverings is now mandatory on all forms of public transport as well as in shops and supermarkets in England. Face coverings should also be worn in enclosed public spaces where maintaining two-metre social distancing isn’t possible. This is most relevant for short periods indoors and in crowded areas. 
The public have been advised to wear face coverings when attending healthcare settings such as GP surgeries and hospitals either as a visitor or outpatient.
A face covering is a covering of any type which covers your nose and mouth. Read guidance on how to wear and make a cloth face covering. A downloadable poster is also available. A cloth face covering should cover your mouth and nose while allowing you to breathe comfortably. It can be as simple as a scarf or bandana that ties behind the head. Further guidance is available on the Government website


NHS Test and Trace

How NHS Test and Trace works for someone with coronavirus symptoms 

  1. Isolate: As soon as you experience coronavirus symptoms, you should self-isolate for at least 7 days. Anyone else in your household should self-isolate for 14 days from when you started having symptoms.
  2. Test: You should order a coronavirus test immediately or call 119 if you have no Internet access.
  3. Results: If your test is positive, you must complete the remainder of your 7-day self-isolation. Anyone in your household should also complete self-isolation for 14 days from when you started having symptoms. If your test is negative, you and other household members no longer need to isolate.
  4. Share contacts: If you test positive for coronavirus, the NHS Test and Trace service will send you a text or email alert or call you within 24 hours with instructions of how to share details of people you have been in close, recent contact with and places you have visited.

How NHS Test and Trace works for those contacted if you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus

  1. Alert: You will be alerted by the NHS Test and Trace service if you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus.
  2. Isolate: You will be asked to begin self-isolation for up to 14 days, depending on when you last came into contact with the person who has tested positive.
  3. Test if needed: If you develop symptoms of coronavirus, other members of your household should self-isolate at home and you should book a coronavirus test. If your test is positive, you must continue to stay at home for 7 days. If your test is negative, you must still complete your 14-day self-isolation period because the virus may not be detectable yet.

Last updated: 31/07/2020