COVID-19 (coronavirus)

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Rules and guidance

England moved to Step 4 of the Government's roadmap on 19 July. 

This means an end to the vast majority of legal restrictions in England. For example, face masks will no longer be legally required (although you must wear them on NHS sites and it is still recommended that you wear them in crowded indoor places), social distancing is scrapped, the rule of six inside private homes is removed and formal working from home guidance abolished.

Please continue to seek medical assistance or avoid injury, illness or risk of harm (including domestic abuse).

The NHS's approach 

While many COVID-19 restrictions are being eased in England, the NHS is taking a more precautionary approach for the time being, to help protect the most vulnerable and manage any potential pressures on our services.

As a result, in line with other healthcare settings across the country, you must continue to wear face coverings when visiting our sites to help minimise the risk of infection. Guidelines around social distancing and the use of hand sanitiser will also remain in place.

This will help to keep all visitors, patients and staff safe. Thank you for your co-operation and continued support of the NHS.

Please follow the guidance on the Government website, which explains what you can and cannot do.


Help stop the spread of COVID-19

Practice good hygiene

  • wash your hands more often than usual for 20 seconds each time, or use hand sanitiser gel
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
  • maintain a social distance of two metres from others
  • Wear a face mask over your mouth and nose in crowded indoor places
  • always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue, and wash your hands, or use a sanitiser gel.


The primary symptoms of COVID-19 are:

  • high temperature (37.8 degrees or more)
  • loss of taste or smell
  • new continuous cough.

Self-isolation and testing

If I have symptoms

If you have any of the above symptoms, self-isolate and call 119 or visit for a free PCR test. 

Stay at home until you get your test result – only leave your home to have a test. If people test positive and self-isolate, it helps stop the virus spreading.

If your test is positive, you must not leave your home at all and not have visitors for 10 days. You will also be asked to provide details of your recent contact to NHS Test and Trace. You must self-isolate if you live with someone who has symptoms.

If you are not experiencing symptoms but have tested positive for COVID-19, self-isolate for at least 10 days, starting from the day the test was taken. If you develop symptoms during this isolation period, restart your 10-day isolation from the day you developed symptoms.

After 10 days, if you still have a temperature you should continue to self-isolate and seek medical advice. You do not need to self-isolate after 10 days if you only have a cough or loss of sense of smell or taste, as these symptoms can last for several weeks after the infection has gone. 

Important information to keep you safe while isolating at home: this national leaflet is for patients with suspected coronavirus who have not been admitted to hospital and will be isolating at home.

If someone I've been in contact with has symptoms

People who are double jabbed, or aged under 18, are no longer legally required to self-isolate if they are identified as a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case. They are still advised to get a free PCR test as soon as possible. Full details on the Government website.

If I don't have symptoms 

Rapid lateral flow tests are people who don't have symptoms. You should do a rapid test twice a week (every 3 to 4 days) to check if you have the virus.

About 1 in 3 people with COVID-19 do not have symptoms but can still infect others. You should do a rapid test twice a week (every 3 to 4 days) to check if you have the virus.

Even if you’re vaccinated, there’s still a chance you can pass COVID-19 on, so you should keep getting tested regularly.

For more information visit the Government website. If your symptoms worsen, contact NHS 111 online, or call 111 if you have no internet access.


Easy read information:

COVID-19 app

Protect your loved ones with the official NHS COVID-19 contact tracing app for England and Wales.

Anyone aged 16 or over who lives in England or Wales can use the NHS COVID-19 app. It has a number of features:

  • Trace: find out when you've been near other app users who have tested positive for coronavirus.
  • Alert: lets you know the level of coronavirus risk in your postcode district.
  • Check-in: get alerted if you've visited a venue where you may have come into contact with coronavirus, using a simple QR code scanner. No more form filling.
  • Symptoms: check if you have coronavirus symptoms and see if you need to order a test.
  • Test: helps you order a test if you need to.
  • Isolate: keep track of your self-isolation countdown and access relevant advice.

The NHS COVID-19 app is free to download on your smartphone from the App Store or Google Play. The app runs on proven software developed by Apple and Google, designed so that nobody will know who or where you are. And you can delete your data, or the app, at any time.

Your COVID recovery

Evidence shows that a significant proportion of post COVID-19 patients are likely to have significant on-going health problems, notably breathing difficulties, tiredness and cough, reduced muscle function, reduced ability to undertake physical activity and psychological symptoms such as PTSD and reduced mood status.

Your Covid Recovery is a new NHS website designed to help people recover from the long-term effects of COVID-19 and support them to manage their recovery. It includes information from rehabilitation experts about how to manage on-going symptoms and health needs at home, and signposts to sources of support.

It also includes information on returning to work, and a helpful section for family, friends and carers of people who are recovering.

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