The latest Government guidance
On 4 January, the Prime Minister announced an immediate national lockdown to control the spread of coronavirus as rates rapidly go up across London and the country.
By law you must now stay at home, and only leave your home for specific reasons, such as:
- to shop for essential items and medicine
- to exercise once a day in your local area with your household (or support bubble) or one other person
- to travel to work, but only if you can’t work from home
- to provide care or help to vulnerable people
- to seek medical help, get tested or get vaccinated
- to escape domestic abuse
The police can take action against you if you leave home without a 'reasonable excuse', and issue you with a fine. You can be given a Fixed Penalty Notice of £200 for the first offence, doubling for further offences up to a maximum of £6,400.
Got symptoms? Self-isolate and book a test
If you, or anyone in your household, develop symptoms - a new, continuous cough; high temperature; loss or change to your sense of smell or taste - you must all stay at home and self-isolate immediately and the person with symptoms must book a test online on nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119.
Read the guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection
If you've tested positive and
- you have symptoms – self-isolate for 10 days from when your symptoms started
- you have not had symptoms – self-isolate for 10 days from when you had the test
If you get symptoms while you're self-isolating, the 10 days restarts from when your symptoms started. Check the full advice on self-isolation
Staying safe when outside
Always follow the latest government coronavirus guidance to stay safe when outside. The government has also issued guidance on social distancing for meeting others safely.
We are concerned about the greater risk to Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic groups and want to ensure people know how to protect themselves when visiting the high street. Visit this resources hub for advice and guidance in other languages
The London Fire Brigade has issued advice on staying safe in your homes while spending more time indoors during the current period.
The coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines developed by Pfizer/BioNTech and Oxford/AstraZeneca have both been approved for use in the UK. A third COVID-19 vaccine developed by Moderna has also been approved in the UK for spring rollout. The NHS is currently offering the COVID-19 vaccine to people most at risk from coronavirus. Over the coming weeks and months you will be invited to a vaccination appointment, there is no need to contact your GP. Find out more about vaccines.