COVID 19: IMPORTANT ADVICE & INFORMATION

As of 24th February, all Covid-19 domestic legal restrictions in England have ended, including the legal requirement to self-isolate. However, a number of advisory measures are still in place:

  • Until 1st April, those who have tested positive are advised to stay at home, and avoid contact with other people for five full days and until they have received two negative tests on consecutive days
  • Further guidance will be issued in April regarding the steps and safeguards that people with Covid 19 should take
  • Self-isolation support payments, and national funding for practical support and medicine delivery are no longer available
  • Routine contract-tracing has ended
  • Fully vaccinated adults and those aged under 18 who are close contacts are no longer advised to test daily for seven days, whilst the legal requirement for close contacts who ae not fully vaccinated to self-isolate has also ended
  • The guidance for staff and students in most education and childcare settings to undertake twice weekly asymptomatic testing has ended
  • Covid 19 provisions within the SSP and ESA regulations ended on 24th March
  • Free symptomatic and asymptomatic testing for the general public ended on 1st April, although exceptions apply for health and social care staff, if you're going in to hospital, or you are in at-risk group of getting seriously ill from Covid 19

There are still some steps you can take to reduce the risk of catching and spreading Covid 19:

  • Get vaccinated
  • Let fresh air in if meeting indoors, or meet outside if possible
  • Consider wearing a face covering in crowded, enclosed spaces
  • Get tested if you have Covid 19 symptoms, and stay at home if positive

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…

Spring Booster Vaccines are now open to those aged 75 and over, or those aged 12 and over who are immunosuppressed. Further details are available at www.england.nhs.uk/2022/03/nhs-to-begin-spring-booster-vaccinations-thi…

From April, Covid vaccines will be offered to to all 5-11 year olds n England. Further information is available at www.gov.uk/government/news/health-secretary-statement-on-covid-19-vacci…

Update on travel advice:

From 11th February, those who are fully vaccinated will no longer need to take a Covid 19 test either before or after arriving in the UK. However, you will still need to complete a passenger locator form. Those who are not fully vaccinated will need to take a pre-departure test, and a PCR test on or before Day 2, and there is only a requirement to quarantine if it is positive. A passenger locator form will still need to be completed.

If you are travelling to from and to England, you can use the tool at https://www.gov.uk/check-travel-during-coronavirus to check what you need to do before you travel and after you arrive.

Further information and guidance:

For further guidance and support on Covid 19, please visit the Government's website at https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus