A new national lockdown was announced on 4 January 2021. This means that you should stay at home unless you are leaving your home for one of the permitted reasons set out under the new lockdown guidance.
The government's advice is to help control the virus by staying alert. To protect yourself and others:
- Act like you have the virus
- Wash hands - keep washing your hands regularly
- Cover face - wear a face covering in enclosed spaces
- Make space - stay at least 2 metres apart - or 1 metre with a face covering or other precautions
If you are feeling unwell, get a test and do not leave home for at least 10 days.
Protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable from COVID-19
This guidance has been updated to support the clinically extremely vulnerable in protecting themselves from exposure to coronavirus (COVID-19). It replaces previous guidance on shielding.
The government has also produced guidance to help employers, employees and the self employed to help ensure workplaces are as safe as possible. For more information or to report an incident please see our workplace health and safety information.
Patient advice from local hospitals
Each of our local hospitals update their coronavirus guidance for patients regularly so if you need to attend one of them for an appointment check out their advice.