Information is changing rapidly. This page will be updated regularly, but please go to gov.uk for the latest updates - last updated 5th of June.
Information about COVID-19
Coronaviruses are a ‘type’ of virus. The coronavirus we are all hearing about is called COVID-19, but you may also hear it called just 'coronavirus'.
How serious is COVID-19?
The evidence shows us that the vast majority of people who get this virus have relatively mild symptoms and make a full recovery. But in a small percentage of cases, the virus can cause more severe symptoms. This is particularly true for people with a weakened immune system, for older people and for those with long term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease.
A lot of false information about this virus is being shared - it’s very important that you make sure that the information you use comes from a trusted source - all of the information on this page has been sourced from the NHS.
What are the symptoms?
If you are infected you may have very minor symptoms, minor symptoms or more severe symptoms, but the NHS cites two symptoms to look out for as:
- A new continuous cough
- A fever or high temperature
How can you avoid getting and spreading the virus?
Scientists think the virus spreads via droplets from coughs and sneezes and we know it spreads easily and can stay on surfaces for a while. It's possible that a lot of us will get it and be affected by it, but if you follow the advice below you will reduce your risk and the risk to others.
- Avoid non-essential contact with others - work from home if you can, avoid pubs, clubs, theatres and mass gatherings
- Wash your hands - with soap and water often, for at least 20 seconds. Do this before leaving home and after returning home, before eating and drinking, and after coughing or sneezing
- Cover your mouth and nose - with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze - tissue in the bin and wash, or disinfect, your hands immediately
- Don't touch your face - especially your eyes, nose and mouth
- Clean surfaces - disinfect surfaces around you - especially mobiles, computers, keyboards, worktops, desks, handles...
The launch of NHS Test and Trace
On the 28th of May the Government launched the new NHS Test and Trace System . This is a step forward in helping to prevent Covid-19 cases from spreading. Further details can be found HERE
The NHS test and trace service:
- ensures that anyone who develops symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) can quickly be tested to find out if they have the virus, and also includes targeted asymptomatic testing of NHS and social care staff and care home residents
- helps trace close recent contacts of anyone who tests positive for coronavirus and, if necessary, notifies them that they must self-isolate at home to help stop the spread of the virus
We are introducing this service to help return life more to normal, in a way that is safe and protects our NHS and social care. The service will allow us to trace the spread of the virus and isolate new infections and play a vital role in giving us early warning if the virus is increasing again, locally or nationally.
How do I obtain a Covid Test?
Where can I find the new rules for entering the UK?
From the 8th if June there are new rules for anybody entering or returning to the UK. This will involve a period of self isolation for 14 days, at a notified location. Further details of this scheme can be found HERE
As a business, where can I find guidance for returning to work?
Many businesses are reopening, or planning to reopen in the near future. Further guidance for businesses planning to reopen can be found HERE. For food-based retailers that may not have been open for a while further guidance on reopening can be found HERE
Face Masks on Public Transport
From the 15th of June the Government has requested that all transport users (buses, trains, ferry, coach, tram and air) wear face masks to prevent Covid-19 transmission. These can be shop bought, or alternately you can make your own following the guidelines here.
Acts of Prayer
Following work with faith groups, the Government has announced that Churches will be able to open after the 15th of June for acts of prayer. Further details can be found here
The Church of England has also issued guidance for their Churches which can be found here