Latest news, advice and guidance
This page signposts you to the latest COVID-19 guidance from the council, NHS and Government. You can find more information and support on the main COVID-19 page.
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Coronavirus restrictions lifted from 19 July
England has moved into step 4 of it’s journey out of lockdown as of Monday, 19 July.
However, coronavirus has not gone away, and cases are continuing to rise steeply. Whilst restrictions are being lifted, a strong emphasis is being placed on moving slowly and cautiously, and the need for each of us to take personal responsibility to help protect those around us. Some key points to note:
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.
Let’s take this next step as safely as we can.
You can read the full guidance that will come into effect from 19 July at gov.uk/coronavirus
Rules on self isolation
- If you test positive for COVID-19, you must self isolate for 10 days from when your symptoms started. Anyone you live with must self isolate for 10 days from when your symptoms started.
- If you are contacted by NHS Test and Trace and told you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, you must self isolate for 10 days. You should only book a free test if you develop any symptoms.
- The Government will be imposing fines starting at £1,000 and rising to £10,000 for those who do not follow the rules on self isolation. This will be enforced by the Police.
- 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
- Kingston Council has established a Coronavirus Winter Support Fund to provide support to Kingston residents who need additional assistance over the winter months.
- The Government has announced financial support for those on low incomes and in receipt of benefits who cannot work from home if they are required to self isolate. More details will be made available as soon as we receive them.
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.
NHS contact tracing app
- The NHS COVID-19 App was launched by the Government on 24 September. A range of businesses including hospitality venues, close contact services, community centres, libraries and places of worship are required by law to collect contact details for all their customers for NHS Test and Trace. The app will enable you to register your details with the venues you visit via your smartphone.
- If someone you have been in close contact with tests positive for the virus, and shares this information with the NHS Test and Trace app, you will receive an alert telling you to self isolate for 14 days.
- The more people who use the NHS Test and Trace app, the more the NHS will be able to track the virus and send alerts to those who may have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID.
Why should I follow the rules?
- The rules are here to protect everyone, and to help us protect each other. If you increase your risk of exposure to the virus, you increase the risk of everyone around you.
- By following the rules and playing our part, we can protect jobs and protect our local hospital and NHS services. We need to prevent the spread of COVID-19 to ensure the NHS can continue to provide all the essential services people across our borough rely on.
Latest government guidance
- What you can and cannot do
- Staying safe outside your home - social distancing
- What are the rules inside your home
- 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.