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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COVID-19 Tier 2 restrictions 

Kingston, along with the rest of London, will be placed in TIER 2 from 2 December, when we come out of the current national lockdown.

The current national restrictions will remain in place until 2 December, and we must continue to follow the lockdown restrictions until they expire.

Tier 2 restrictions explained:

  • You must not socialise with anyone you do not live with or who is not in your support bubble in any indoor setting - whether at home or in a public place.

  • The rule of 6 applies outdoors - you must not socialise in a group of more than 6 people outside, including in a garden or a public space.

  • Businesses and venues - including shops, gyms, libraries and personal care services such as hairdressers - can reopen. Some businesses will remain closed by law, such as nightclubs.

  • Pubs and bars must close, unless they serve substantial meals.

  • Pubs and bars and all other hospitality venues that are open must close at 11pm. Last orders will be at 10pm.

  • You can read the full tier 2 restrictions on the Gov.uk website.

Christmas

The government has announced a brief and temporary easing of restrictions over the festive period.  The key rules will be:

  • Up to 3 households will be allowed to meet up between 23 and 27 December to form a ‘Christmas bubble’. 

  • Those three households will be allowed to meet up in private homes during these 5 days.

  • You will not be allowed to meet with your Christmas bubble in hospitality venues such as pubs or restaurants. 

  • You can not change or extend the households in your Christmas bubble. 

It is vital we all remain cautious to try and prevent a resurgence in infections. We are all advised to use personal judgment when deciding whether to meet up over Christmas - especially with elderly relatives or those more vulnerable groups. We must also continue to follow the key prevention, symptoms and testing guidance below. 

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.

  • 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. 

  • 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 www.nhs.uk/coronavirus 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 14 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 14 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 www.connectedkingston.uk or call us on 020 8547 5000 or complete our support form at www.bitly.com/KingstonHelp 

  • 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

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