Updated: 27 April 2021
Coronavirus restrictions remain in place across the country
- only socialise indoors with people you live with or who are in your support bubble
- up to 6 people or 2 households can meet outside
- work from home if you can and minimise travel
- if you have symptoms get a test and stay at home
Changes to restrictions from 12 April
Some of the rules changed on 12 April - see the guidance on coronavirus restrictions: what you can and cannot do.
From 12 April changes include:
- non-essential retail can reopen
- personal care services such as hairdressers and nail salons can reopen, including those provided from a mobile setting
- public buildings such as libraries and community centres can reopen
- outdoor hospitality venues can reopen, with table service only
- most outdoor attractions including zoos, theme parks, and drive-in performances (such as cinemas and concerts) can reopen
- some smaller outdoor events such as fetes, literary fairs, and fairgrounds can take place
- indoor leisure and sports facilities can reopen for individual exercise, or exercise with your household or support bubble
COVID-19 vaccination programme
If you have been vaccinated you must continue to follow all of the guidance to help protect yourself and your friends, family, and community.
- people aged 42 and over
- people who will turn 42 before 1 July 2021
- people at high risk from COVID-19 (clinically extremely vulnerable)
- people who live or work in care homes
- health and social care workers
- people with a condition that puts them at higher risk (clinically vulnerable)
- people with a learning disability
- people who are a main carer for someone at high risk from COVID-19
If you think you're an eligible unpaid carer who has not been contacted for your coronavirus vaccination, speak to your GP surgery.
Guidance for clinically extremely vulnerable
If you have been identified as clinically extremely vulnerable, the advice to shield ended on 1 April. You must follow the the current coronavirus restrictions in place and are advised to continue to take extra precautions to protect yourself. You can view guidance on practical steps you can take here.
Hands, Face, Space, Fresh Air
Coronavirus spreads from person to person through small droplets, tiny airborne particles known as aerosols and through direct contact.
This video demonstrates why it is important to stay outside when meeting people not in your household or bubble.
Guidance on how you can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 is available on GOV.UK:
- How to stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19
- Stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection
The importance of ventilation
In poorly ventilated rooms the amount of virus in the air can build up, increasing the risk of spreading COVID-19, especially if there are lots of infected people in the room. The virus can also remain in the air after an infected person has left.
Bringing fresh air into a room and removing older stale air that contains virus particles reduces the chance of spreading COVID-19. The more fresh air that is brought inside, the quicker any airborne virus will be removed from the room.
Guidance on ventilation is available below:
Visit the GermDefence website for further advice on reducing the risks from COVID-19 in your home.
Further information is available on the Coronavirus: Protect yourself and others page.
Beware of COVID Scammers
Beware of vaccine scam messages where fraudsters send out fake texts offering a COVID vaccine in an attempt to steal personal and financial information. Further advice on how to spot COVID scams is available below:
- COVID scams: How can I spot them? (ITV)
- COVID: the latest vaccination scams used by fraudsters (ITV)
- Advice for consumers: coronavirus scam calls and texts (Ofcom)
- Coronavirus Scams: Tips to Protect yourself from Scammers
If you have symptoms - Managing a possible coronavirus infection
- Guidance for households with possible coronavirus (COVID-19) infection - guidance if you or someone in your household have symptoms
- Guidance for households with grandparents, parents and children living together where someone is at increased risk or has symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) infection.
- Your Covid Recovery - NHS site providing information on what you might expect as part of your recovery and information for family, friends and carers
Get a Test
Self-isolation and support payments
- Self-isolation if you or someone you live with has symptoms – NHS guidance on self-isolation
- Coronavirus (COVID-19): how to self-isolate when you travel to the UK
- Test and Trace Support Payments - To support those who are self-isolating and are struggling financially as a result, the new Test and Trace Support Payment scheme is for people on low incomes who are unable to work from home and will have a reduction in their income
Staying safe and social distancing
- National Restrictions - what you can and cannot do
- Making a support bubble with another household
- Guidance for people defined as clinically extremely vulnerable
- Support for the clinically extremely vulnerable
- Face coverings: when to wear one and how to make your own
Test and Trace
Test and Trace: how it works - an overview of 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
Mental Health and Wellbeing Support
- Guidance for the public on the mental health and wellbeing aspects of coronavirus (COVID-19)
- Better Health: Every Mind Matters
- Staying mentally well: winter plan 2020 to 2021
- NHS Recommended Helplines
Advice and support
- Coronavirus (COVID-19): support for victims of domestic abuse – support for those who feel they are at risk of abuse
- Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice on how to protect yourself and your business from fraud and cyber crime - Simple steps you can take to protect yourself and your business from fraud and cybercrime