Find health advice for residents, advice for businesses and scam awareness during the coronavirus outbreak.
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.
It says that anyone who has, or lives with someone who has, a new, continuous cough (coughing for a lot more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours) or a high temperature (you feel hot to touch on your chest or back) 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
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
We are reminding residents to be beware of COVID-19 scams. You can find further information about this on our trading standards pages.