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Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) information

For the latest information and actions for the public on the outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), please visit the GOV.UK web page

For information on the COVID-19 national vaccination programme please look at our web pages.

COVID-19 remains a serious health risk.  It is still possible to catch and spread COVID-19, even if you are fully vaccinated. You should stay cautious to help protect yourself and others.

In England, from Tuesday 30 November, face coverings must be worn in shops and shopping centres, in transport hubs and on public transport unless you are exempt. In indoor settings where a face covering is not legally required, you should still continue to wear a face covering in crowded and enclosed spaces where you may come into contact with other people you do not normally meet.

Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms or a positive test result should stay at home and self-isolate immediately. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you should arrange to take a PCR test as soon as possible, even if you’ve had one or more doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Those who have come into contact with an individual who may have been infected with the Omicron variant will need to self-isolate, even if you are fully-vaccinated or aged 18 or under. 

COVID-19 will be a feature of our lives for the foreseeable future, so we need to learn to live with it and manage the risk to ourselves and others.

All of us can play our part by understanding the situations where risks of COVID-19 infection and transmission are likely to be higher, and taking action to reduce these risks.

  • Let fresh air in if you meet indoors. Meeting outdoors is safer.
  • You must wear a face covering in shops and on all public transport, including taxis and private hire vehicles.
  • Get tested and self-isolate if required.
  • If you haven’t already, get vaccinated.

Following this guidance will help you to understand situations where there is a greater risk of catching or spreading COVID-19 and the steps that you can take to stay safe and protect others. Every action you can take to help reduce the spread will help reduce pressure on the NHS during the winter months.

Please visit GOV.UK to find up to date advice on keeping yourself and others safe.

16/12/2021