The latest Government guidance
On 30 November, the government guidance changed due to the emergence of the Omicron variant. The new guidance means that:
- Face masks must be worn in shops & on public transport
- Self-isolation if you're a contact of someone with Omicron
- PCR tests for those arriving in the UK Get vaccinated & get tested
Governments changes to the restrictions can be found on their website.
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, Oxford-AstraZeneca and Moderna have been approved for use in the UK. COVID-19 vaccines are now available for everyone aged 16 or over. If you are aged 16 and 17, the NHS will contact you when it's your turn to get the vaccine. You will be invited to a local NHS service. You cannot book your appointment online. If you are aged 18 or over, you can walk-up to CP House in Ealing or selected local pharmacies and get your vaccine or you can make a booking on the NHS website. Check the NHS website to see if you are eligible to book an appointment without waiting to be contacted.