Current guidance about Coronavirus (COVID-19)

What to do if you think you might have Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The main symptoms of Coronavirus are:

  • high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

Most people with coronavirus have at least one of these symptoms.

If anyone is worried that you or anyone in your household has Coronavirus, use the 111 Online system.

There is more information about what to do if you think you have Coronavirus (Covid-19) or have had contact with someone who has on the official NHS website

What can I do in lockdown?

The government has recently changed the guidance about what you can (and can't) do to keep you and others safe. This information is correct as of 2nd June 2020 however can change. For the most up to date information please visit the government website 

The main message is:

  • 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
  • Do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms.

Here is a summary of some of the changes which might affect you (updated 2nd June 2020):

  • Anyone who has been advised to self-isolate or shield (for example due to an underlying health condition, pregnancy etc) must continue to stay at home as per previous guidance.
  • The government has updated its advice to say people can now meet up with up to 6 people from outside their household, as long as it is outdoors. When you meet up with other people you must keep to social distancing rules; that means staying 2 metres apart, even if you are walking. You are not allowed to meet up with people indoors. 
  • If you have been shielding, you can only meet up with one person at a time.
  • The government is now advising that people should aim to wear a face covering to protect those around them in,"enclosed spaces where social distancing is not always possible and they come into contact with others that they do not normally meet, for example on public transport or in some shops."
  • You can now exercise outside as many times as you want. This means you could go for a walk in the morning and evening. You are also now allowed to sunbathe and sit in parks however you must stay 2 metres away from anyone who does not live in your household. 
  • You can visit any shops that are allowed to be open – to get things like food and medicine, and to collect goods ordered online or on the phone
  • Children who dont live with both parents are allowed to go between parents houses
  • Wash hands regularly, especially before you leave the house and when you get back. 

If you are worried about how the new guidelines will affect you, speak to your PA or a duty worker (0114 2039060).