Coronavirus Information

The latest advice is that if you or someone you live with has either a new continuous cough or a fever, you should all stay at home for 14 days.

People who are over 70 and those who have underlying health conditions should be shielded from contact for at least the next 12 weeks to lower the risk of them catching this disease.

The public is also advised to avoid pubs, restaurants, and you should also work from home if this is possible.

You can find the latest Government advice at the following web link: https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response

If you would like to see the NHS advice, it is available here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Key helplines

NHS 111

You do not need to call NHS 111 to inform them that you are self-isolating at home.

You should call NHS 111 in the following circumstances:

  • you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
  • your condition gets worse
  • your symptoms do not get better after 7 days

UK Nationals Abroad

If you are a UK National abroad and you need help from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, you can call (+44) 207 008 1500 for assistance and advice - or the embassy in that country.

Support to protect businesses:

The Chancellor has made available an initial £330 billion of guarantees – equivalent to 15% of UK GDP.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/chancellor-announces-additional-support-to-protect-businesses

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19

Guidance on social distancing:

These are the social distancing measures we should all be taking to reduce social interaction between people in order to reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19). It is intended for use in situations where people are living in their own homes, with or without additional support from friends, family and carers.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-social-distancing-and-for-vulnerable-people

Schools and Key Workers

After schools shut their gates on Friday (20/03/2020) afternoon, they will remain closed until further notice except for children of key workers and vulnerable children, as part of the country’s ongoing response to coronavirus. 

If your work is critical to the COVID-19 response, or you work in one of the critical sectors listed in the link below, and you cannot keep your child safe at home then your children will be prioritised for education provision:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision?fbclid=IwAR1K3Xk2mHAXg0jTBjKrnOtmeLdoNHUZsJXTuO2zJN0yLPAleEFYv1kphyY

Protection for Renters:

The Government has announced that no renter in either social or private accommodation will be forced out of their home during this difficult time, landlords will not be able to start proceedings to evict tenants for at least a three-month period.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/complete-ban-on-evictions-and-additional-protection-for-renters

Travel advice:

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) has advised against all non-essential international travel, initially for a period of 30 days. This advice takes effect immediately.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/travel-advice-foreign-secreatary-statement-17-march-2020