Latest news, advice and guidance
What can I do to keep Kingston safe?
This page provides you with all the information you need to ensure you are helping to stop the spread of coronavirus, and keep Kingston safe. It also outlines all the latest news about how the Government is combatting the pandemic.
You can find more information and support on the main COVID-19 page.
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How can I keep myself and others safe?
Although most coronavirus restrictions have been lifted, coronavirus rates remain high in Kingston and across the country. It is important that we all continue to play our part to stop the spread - particularly as we move into the colder months.
It is still safer to stay outside when meeting up.
Wearing a face covering in busy indoor public spaces is still recommended and expected.
It is still mandatory to wear face coverings on Transport for London services, including buses and trains, as a condition of travel after 19 July.
Advice on regular hand washing also remains relevant, as does allow good ventilation when meeting indoors.
Getting the vaccine is more important than ever! Find out about the latest walk-in vaccination events in the local area.
Keep up with twice-weekly lateral flow testing if you have no coronavirus symptoms. You can find how to access lateral flow tests here
If you have any symptoms of coronavirus - a cough, high temperature or loss or change in taste or smell - book a free PCR test straight away at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus
The Government's Winter Plan
The Government has outlined its plan to deal with coronavirus throughout the Autumn and Winter months. The plan continues to put faith in the coronavirus vaccines as the first line of defence, supported by regular testing among the population.
The government has also outlined a contingency plan - called ‘Plan B’ - which would only be used if the NHS comes under unsustainable pressure. This includes measures such as mandatory face masks and vaccine passports at mass events. By following the guidance outlined above, you will be helping to control the spread of coronavirus and prevent this scenario.
Rules around self isolation
If you test positive for COVID-19, you must self isolate for 10 days from when your symptoms started. This is law, and if you fail to self-isolate you may be fined.
The council and other agencies will support you if you and your family need to self isolate. To find out what support and advice is available, visit Connected Kingston or call us on 020 8547 5000 or complete our support form.
If you have been in close contact with somebody who has tested positive for coronavirus, you do not need to self-isolate if:
- You have been fully vaccinated for more than 14 days, or;
- You are under the age of 18.
Instead of self-isolating, those who are double jabbed and identified as close contacts of positive COVID-19 cases are advised to get a free PCR test as soon as possible, which you can do by visiting nhs.uk/Get-Tested . Under 18s will be given advice about whether to get tested, dependent on their age and circumstances, and will only need to self-isolate if they have a positive test result.
For more information visit gov.uk/coronavirus.
Many people recovering from COVID-19 are still coming to terms with the impact the virus has had on both their body and mind and are still trying to shake off the effects of the virus. The symptoms are wide-ranging and fluctuating, and can include breathlessness, chronic fatigue, “brain fog”, anxiety and stress. The NHS in South West London has create a web page to share self-help resources and links to local services that are available to people who are experiencing long COVID (which you may also hear referred to as post COVID).
You can also share your experiences of long COVID with Healthwatch via the links at the bottom of the web page, to help improve the support and services that are available.
Latest government guidance
- What you can and cannot do
- Staying safe outside your home - social distancing
- Face coverings - when to wear one and how to make your own
- Traveling abroad - rules on quarantining when you return home
- Countries exempt from quarantine rules
- Guidance on self isolating
- Guidance on shielding
- Find the latest health advice on NHS.uk
- Find government guidance, including guidelines on social distancing and how to protect yourself and others from the virus, at Gov.uk
- Find the latest council news on the news pages of our website.