Coronavirus - Information and advice for residents

Cases have been confirmed in the UK.  The UK risk has been upgraded to high, although the situation is evolving.

Everyone can help to play their part and protect themselves and others by following the Public Health England (PHE) advice on hand hygiene: catch coughs/sneezes in a tissue, bin the tissue, wash your hands regularly, for at least 20 seconds, using soap and water. 

The medical and government advice is if one or more people in a household has certain symptoms then the whole household is to go into isolation for 14 days, to stay indoors, avoid contact with others, avoid using public transport and taxis.  Do not visit your GP.  The symptoms are:

  • a high temperature (37.8 degrees and above)
  • a new, continuous cough.

You do not need to call NHS 111 to go into self-isolation. If your symptoms worsen during home isolation or are no better after seven days, contact NHS 111 online. If you have no internet access you should call NHS 111.  In an emergency call 999. If you are advised to self-isolate, information on what this means is available on the government's website.

For those who have existing significant health conditions, pregnant women and anyone aged 70 or over, the advice is that you should have minimal social contact from the weekend for 12 weeks.

The government identified that London is a few weeks ahead of the rest of the country with the numbers infected so it is particularly important to be aware of the government and PHE advice. This advice is to stop non-essential contact, work from home if you are able to and to avoide social gatherings such as pubs, clubs, theatres.     

Mass gatherings will stop following government advice, to free up critical emergency services.

School closures have not been announced.

In the unfortunate circumstance that a death is a result of the coronavirus COVID-19, and you have been in close proximity to the deceased person, you will need to follow self-isolation procedures. Therefore you will not be able to attend to register the death. You will need to nominate someone who has not been in contact with the deceased to collect the medical cause of death certificate and attend the register office to register the death.

If you are planning a marriage or civil ceremony which may need to be cancelled or postponed due to the current situation, please check the registrars information.

If you are planning to travel check the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) travel advice.

If you have any concerns or questions check out the latest NHS advice.  You can also check the latest government advice  or go to Public Health England’s FAQs on the virus. 

Public Health England have also published a blog on the five things you can do to protect yourself and your community.

The government have also published advice to businesses.

As circumstances change this page will be updated.  The latest update took place on 19 March 2020.