Latest COVID-19 Guidance

19 July - Moving to Step 4

While cases are high and rising, everybody needs to continue to act carefully and remain cautious. This is why the Government are keeping in place key protections: 

  • testing when you have symptoms and targeted asymptomatic testing in education, high risk workplaces and to help people manage their personal risk.
  • isolating when positive or when contacted by NHS Test and Trace or when advised to by the NHS COVID-19 app.
  • border quarantine: for all arriving from red list countries, and for those people arriving from amber list countries, other than those UK residents fully vaccinated in the UK vaccine programme.
  • cautious guidance for individuals, businesses and the vulnerable whilst prevalence is high including:
    • whilst Government is no longer instructing people to work from home if they can, Government expects and recommends a gradual return over the summer;
    • Government expects and recommends that people wear face coverings in crowded areas such as public transport;
    • being outside or letting fresh air in; and
    • minimising the number, proximity and duration of social contacts.
  • encouraging and supporting businesses and large events to use the NHS COVID Pass in high risk settings to help to limit the risk of infection. The Government will work with organisations that operate large, crowded settings where people are likely to be in close proximity to others outside their household to encourage the use of the NHS COVID Pass. If sufficient measures are not taken to limit infection, the Government will consider mandating the NHS COVID Pass in certain venues at a later date.

 

Lifting restrictions

Most legal restrictions to control COVID-19 have been lifted. This means:
  • You will not need to stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with. There will also be no limits on the number of people you can meet.
  • However, in order to minimise risk at a time of high prevalence, you should limit the close contact you have with those you do not usually live with, and increase close contact gradually. This includes minimising the number, proximity and duration of social contacts.
  • Meet outdoors where possible and let fresh air into homes or other enclosed spaces.
  • The Government is no longer instructing people to work from home if they can. However, the Government expects and recommends a gradual return over the summer.
  • The requirement to wear face coverings in law will be lifted. However, the Government expects and recommends that people wear face coverings in crowded areas such as public transport.
  • There will no longer be limits on the number of people who can attend weddings, civil partnerships, funerals and other life events (including receptions and celebrations). There will be no requirement for table service at life events, or restrictions on singing or dancing. You should follow guidance for weddings and funerals to reduce risk and protect yourself and others.
  • There will no longer be restrictions on group sizes for attending communal worship.
COVID-19 has not gone away, so it’s important to remember the actions you can take to keep yourself and others safe. Everybody needs to continue to act carefully and remain cautious.
 

Keeping yourself and others safe

There are still cases of COVID-19 in England and there is a risk you could catch or pass on the virus, even if you are fully vaccinated. You are encouraged to exercise caution and consider the risks. While no situation is risk free, there are actions we can take to protect ourselves and others around us.
 
If you are worried about going back to a more ‘normal’ life, there is information from the NHS on how to cope with anxiety about lockdown lifting.
 

Full Guidance

More information about moving to Step 4 can be found on the Government website.

 

COVID-19 Vaccine

The NHS are now offering everyone over 18 the Covid vaccine.

To book your appointment go to the vaccine section of the NHS website.

For the latest information on walk in clinics via the national NHS website go to 'find a walk in vaccination site' webpage on the NHS website

For information on local walk in clinics visit the Frimley Healthcare website.

 

Coronavirus Testing

If you show any symptoms of Covid-19 including:
  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough
  • you’ve lost your sense of smell or taste or it’s changed
you should stay at home and organise a free PCR test.
 
If you do not have Covid-19 symptoms, regular rapid lateral flow Covid-19 tests are also available for free. About 1 in 3 people with COVID-19 do not have symptoms but can still infect others. Getting tested regularly is the only way to know if you have the virus. If people test positive and self-isolate, it helps stop the virus spreading.
 
More information on Coronavirus testing and data
 
 

Know where to go when feeling unwell

Our GP practices and our hospitals are extremely busy and still need to ensure social distancing, but we still want to hear from you if you have health concerns – don’t store them up. Please use 111 first for urgent help that isn’t a life-threatening emergency.
  • Know where to go when feeling unwell by using the Frimley Heath Care information flyer
  • Use 111 first for urgent help that isn’t a life-threatening emergency
  • GP and primary care services remain open for you if you have health concerns
  • Get your flu jab and wait to hear from the NHS for when it is time for you to be vaccinated against COVID-19

 

NHS COVID-19 App

NHS COVID19 App launched on 24 September.
 
When downloaded onto a smartphone the App will:
  • support traditional test and trace methods
  • inform the public of rising rates in their postcode area
  • alert them if they've been in contact with someone who has tested positive (even if they don't know them)
  • provide a 'checking in' function based on QR codes displayed in venues and public spaces
  • allow people to check their symptoms, and book a test if they need one
More information for residents about the NHS COVID19 App can be found on the below links:

 

Self Isolation Guidance 

Guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection and for contacts of people with confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection who do not live with the person can be viewed on the Government website.

 

Reporting outbreaks of coronavirus

For information on guidance for businesses and organisations on how to recognise, contain and report incidents of coronavirus

Surrey and Sussex HPT (South East)
 
Public Health England
County Hall North
Chart Way
Horsham
West Sussex
RH12 1XA
 
 
Telephone: 0344 225 3861 (option 1 to 4 depending on area)
 
Out of hours advice: 0844 967 0069
 

Useful Links

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