Government and NHS advice

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.

Find out about the changes to council services.

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 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

Go to the government’s website for advice on how to meet others safely (social distancing)self isolation, travelling safely and returning from abroad

The London Fire Brigade has issued advice on staying safe in your homes while spending more time indoors during the current period.

Health advice

Go to the NHS for the latest health and well-being advice, translations of NHS advice and advice on entitlements for migrant patients.

Coronavirus vaccines

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.