COVID 19: IMPORTANT ADVICE & INFORMATION

NEW RULES IN PLACE AS OF 10TH DECEMBER, IN RESPONSE TO THE OMICRON VARIANT:

  • Face coverings are now mandatory in most public indoor settings
  • From 13th December, office workers who can work from home should do so
  • From 15th December, certain venues and events will be required by law to check that all visitors over the age of 18 have been vaccinated, or have proof of a negative test in the last 48 hours, unless they have an exemption
  • Those self-isolating with Covid 19 can end their isolation after five full days, provided they test negative on Days 5 and 6
  • Contacts who are fully vaccinated can avoid self-isolation by testing daily with LFT

Further guidance on the current rules, please visit www.gov.uk/coronavirus

From 27th January, the Government will return to 'Plan A' measures, with face coverings no longer being mandatory in public settings, and organisations currently required to use the NHS Covid passes will e able to choose whether to continue using them. The Government are no longer asking people to work from home, and as of 20th January face coverings are no longer advised for staff and pupils in classrooms.

As of 19th July, most legal restrictions in England have now been lifted. However, there is still some guidance that it is important to follow:

  • Meet up with others outside where possible, and if indoors open windows and doors where possible
  • If you think you may have the Covid 19 symptoms, take a PCR test and stay at home
  • Wear face coverings in crowded places to help protect others
  • Check in with the NHS Covid 19 app when you're out 
  • Wash your hands regularly and for at least 20 seconds
  • Get vaccinated if you're 18 or over

Do not leave your home if you or someone you live with has one of the following:

  • A high temperature
  • A new, continuous cough
  • A loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste 

If you have any of these symptoms, please visit https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test for information on getting a test. Please do not call 111 unless you cannot cope with the symptoms at home, your symptoms get worse, or if they do not get better after seven days.

Please use the hotlines and links below which should be able to help you with any questions or concerns you may have, as we continue our fight against the virus:

Covid 19 Vaccinations:

To book your first, second, third or booster vaccine, or to manage your appointment, please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book…

Update on travel advice:

If you're planning to travel abroad you should follow these three steps:

  1. Check the rules for the territory or country that you are visiting
  2. Find out what you need to do when you return to England
  3. Book any tests or quarantine hotel packages that you need

More information on travelling abroad is available at Travel abroad from England during coronavirus (COVID-19) - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

A new simpler system for global travel will come into force on 4th October, which will only include a 'red list' and the rest of the world and simpler rules on testing requirements. 

Update on support for businesses, employers and employees:

Protecting our mental health:

The Government has now established a Whatsapp service that those wanting the latest, factual information can sign up for. To register, just add 07860 064422 to your contacts and then message the word 'hi'. You can also now download the NHS Covid-19 App for free, for contact tracing, local area alerts and venue check-in. More information is available at https://covid19.nhs.uk/ 

All of these advice pages are subject to change as and when circumstances change, but I will keep the links and hotlines updated when necessary. If there is anything that I can do to support you, your family or your business or organisation, please do not hesitate to email me at james.morris.mp@parliament.uk