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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National Lockdown: Stay at Home - 6 January
The whole of England is now under a national lockdown. You must stay at home except for a few specific reasons.
Coronavirus rates are extremely high in Kingston and across the country. The single most important action we can all take is to stay at home to protect the NHS and save lives.
You can only leave home for a few specific reasons, such as to:
- shop for basic necessities, for you or a vulnerable person
- go to work, or provide voluntary or charitable services, if you cannot reasonably do so from home
- exercise with your household (or support bubble) or one other person, this should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area.
- meet your support bubble or childcare bubble where necessary, but only if you are legally permitted to form one
- seek medical assistance or avoid injury, illness or risk of harm (including domestic abuse)
- attend education or childcare - for those eligible
- To get a COVID test or if your GP asks you to attend for the vaccine
If you are clinically extremely vulnerable you should only leave home for medical appointments, exercise, or if it is essential. You should not go to work.
Colleges, primary and secondary schools will remain open only for vulnerable children and the children of critical workers. All other children will be taught remotely until February half term.
Higher education such as Universities will remain online until mid February for all except future critical worker courses.
For full guidance on the new rules, go to www.gov.uk/coronavirus.
What can I do to stop the spread of COVID-19 and protect my family and friends?
- Rates of COVID-19 are increasing across the country and we all have a vital role to play in stopping the spread of the virus and protecting our family and friends - particularly those who are most vulnerable to the severest impacts of the disease.
- One in three people with coronavirus don’t have any symptoms. Act as if you already have COVID-19.
- You can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by remembering Hands, Face, Space:
- Wash your hands regularly for more than 20 seconds.
- Wear a face covering in shops, on public transport and where you cannot maintain a 2 metre distance.
- Keep a safe distance from people not in your household or support bubble - 2 metres where possible or 1 metre with extra precautions.
- Keep rooms well ventilated - We now know that the virus does not transmit as easily in spaces where windows are kept open, allowing aerosol particles to disperse more easily.
- If you have any symptoms of COVID-19 - a new cough, a high temperature or a loss or change in your sense of taste or smell - you must self isolate, that means stay at home, and book a free test as soon as possible. To book a test visit the NHS site or call 119.
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.
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.