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Latest Government advice

Find health advice for residents, advice for businesses and scam awareness during the coronavirus outbreak.

Health advice

The Government is continually updating and expanding its coronavirus (COVID-19) advice and guidance for individuals and businesses. The latest information can be found here.

The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of any of the following:

  • a new continuous cough
  • a high temperature
  • a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

If you or anyone you live with has any of these symptoms you should stay at home.

  • If you have symptoms of coronavirus, you’ll need to self-isolate for 7 days.
  • If you live with someone who has symptoms, you’ll need to self-isolate for 14 days from the day their symptoms started because it can take 14 days for symptoms to appear.
  • If more than 1 person at home has symptoms, self-isolate for 14 days from the day the first person started having symptoms.
  • If you get symptoms, self-isolate for 7 days from when your symptoms start, even if it means you’re self-isolating for longer than 14 days.
  • If you do not get symptoms, you can stop self-isolating after 14 days.

Get the latest Government guidance for households with possible Coronavirus infection.

You do not need to call NHS 111 to go into self-isolation.

If your symptoms worsen during self-isolation or are no better after 7 days, contact NHS 111 online. If you have no internet access, call NHS 111. For a medical emergency, dial 999.

For the latest health information and advice, visit the NHS website.

To help reduce the spread of coronavirus, take the basic hygiene steps:

  • sneeze or cough into a tissue and bin it immediately
  • wash your hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds or use an alcohol based hand gel
  • don’t touch your face unless you’ve just washed your hands

Social distancing 

Everyone is being asked to limit their social interaction in order to reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19) and save lives. The latest Government advice on social distancing is available here.

The Government has also published advice on protecting extremely vulnerable people

Businesses and employers

If you are a business or venue, find out what to do on our coronavirus outbreak business advice page, including:

  • how to help prevent spread of COVID-19
  • what to do if you have a suspected or confirmed case amongst your workforce
  • new legislation to enforce closure
  • businesses and other venues subject to further social distancing measures
  • report a business or venue that is open when it should be closed
  • get advice for your business
  • business support including business rate relief and grants

COVID-19 scams 

We are reminding residents to be beware of COVID-19 scams. You can find further information about this on our trading standards pages

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