National Restrictions from 5 November

As Coronavirus cases are rising rapidly across the whole of the UK and in other countries. The Government has implemented another national lockdown. When we reduce our day-to-day contact with other people, we reduce the spread of the infection.

That is why, from Thursday 5 November until Wednesday 2 December, people are asked to:

  • Stay at home, except for specific purposes.
  • Avoid meeting people you do not live with, except for specific purposes.
  • Close certain businesses and venues.

These new measures will reduce the growth rate of the virus, which will:

  • Prevent the NHS from being overwhelmed
  • Ensure schools, colleges and universities can stay open
  • Ensure that as many people as possible can continue to work

More information about the new national restrictions is available on the Government website.

What to do if you or someone in your household or support bubble has symptoms

If you have any of the main symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), get a test as soon as possible. Stay at home until you get the result.

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • A high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • A new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

Most people with coronavirus have at least one of these symptoms.

Self-isolation and treating coronavirus symptoms

Visit the NHS website for the latest advice about staying at home (self-isolation) and treatment for you and anyone you live with.

Please do download the NHS COVID-19 app today. The free NHS COVID-19 app is a vital part of the NHS Test and Trace service in England, and the NHS Wales Test, Trace, Protect service.

Guidance for people who are clinically extremely vulnerable (shielding)

If you are classed as clinically extremely vulnerable to coronavirus (often people who were previously advised to shield for medical reasons) you will soon receive a letter from the Government providing guidance. You can also find this guidance about how to stay safe online.

This guidance applies to clinically extremely vulnerable individuals only. Others living in a household with someone who is clinically extremely vulnerable are not advised to follow this guidance. They should instead continue to attend work and school in accordance with the general advice and regulations set out in the National Restrictions guidance from 5 November.

If you are not in this group, but may need help because of ill-health, isolation or access to essentials, there is a range of support available. Find out about services that can help with specific issues, like mental health support, and what to do if you can’t get food, medicines, or are lonely and isolated, on your council’s website:

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