Information on Coronavirus

Read the latest advice from NHS England and Public Health England about the Coronavirus.
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Information correct as of 20th April 2021

This page will be updated once further guidance is available.

For the most up to date information about COVID-19 be sure to check Gov.uk.

To view the dashboard for latest rate of COVID-19 cases in Bexley click here.

For the latest COVID-19 information from the NHS South East London Clinical Commissioning Group click here.

Bexley Covid Testing Centres

 

Roadmap out of lockdown

The ‘COVID-19 Response - Spring 2021’ provides a roadmap out of the current lockdown in England and sets out how the government will continue to protect and support citizens across the UK:

COVID-19 Response - Spring 2021 summary - Gov.uk  

Changes from 12 April in England

  • Venues offering outdoor hospitality such as pubs, cafes and restaurants can reopen to serve food and drinks to customers sitting outdoors. Those who visit one of these venues will have to check in on the NHS Test and Trace app, or provide contact details. Groups will still be limited to six people or two households. 
  • Gyms, indoor swimming pools and other indoor exercise venues can reopen. However, group classes will still be prohibited. Sauna facilities and steam rooms will remain closed. 
  • Personal care services, such as hairdressers, nail salons and spas can reopen
  • Zoos, theme parks, drive-in cinemas and performance events can resume
  • Members of the same household can holiday in England in self-contained accommodation. This includes Airbnb properties, cottages and campsites. Hotels and B&Bs will remain closed. 
  • Foreign holidays will still be banned until 17 May at the earliest
  • Public buildings such as libraries and community centres can reopen
  • Weddings attended by up to 15 people can take place
  • Funerals can continue to take place with up to 30 people in attendance
  • The number of care home visitors will also increase to two per resident

The rules from part 1 still apply as below.

'The rule of six'

From 29 March, outdoor gatherings of either 6 people (the rule of 6, i.e. yourself and 5 others) or 2 households will be allowed.

  • You may meet, still using the 2 metre social distancing rule, in public spaces including country and recreational parks and other green spaces. You may also meet, socially distanced, in private gardens.
  • Socialising indoors is still not permitted. Although the rules may be relaxing, you still need to limit and be careful with those around you. The evidence shows us that meeting outdoor at a distance makes transmission of the virus much more difficult, compared to gathering indoors.
  • It is important that you provide your own food and drinks and do not share with others. You must also still adhere to the hands, face, space guidance and wash, or sanitise, your hands as often as possible.
  • You must still adhere to social distancing rules and stay two metres apart from anyone who is not in your household or support or childcare bubble 

Business and activities 

  • Outdoor sports facilities such as tennis and basketball courts, open-air swimming pools and cricket and football pitches, will be allowed to reopen. People will be able to take part in formally organised outdoor sports, more information is available on the Government website.
  • If you are unsure as to whether your sport will be allowed to resume, please contact your local organiser or sporting body to find out

Work and travel

  • People should continue to work from home where they can and minimise the number of journeys where possible, avoiding travel on busy routes or at peak times. You must still only make essential journeys or travel for exercise, food or to meet others at a distance.

It's important to remember that the dates set out by the government are still provisional. It is imperative that you continue to follow the restrictions that are currently in place and the message remains hands, face, space. 

The ‘COVID-19 Response - Spring 2021’ provides a roadmap out of the current lockdown in England and sets out how the government will continue to protect and support citizens across the UK:

Shielding to end

People who are at high risk of coronavirus and clinically extremely vulnerable are no longer advised to shield as of 1 April 2021. 

But the government still recommend that you take extra precautions to protect yourself while the virus is still spreading in our communities.

Find out more

 

Support bubbles expanded

You can form a support bubble with another household if:

  • you live by yourself – even if carers visit you to provide support
  • you are the only adult in your household who does not need continuous care as a result of a disability
  • your household includes a child who is under the age of one or was under that age on 2 December 2020
  • your household includes a child with a disability who needs continuous care and is under the age of 5, or was under that age on 2 December 2020
  • you are aged 16 or 17 living with others of the same age and without any adults

More about support bubbles 

If you think you might have coronavirus

Symptoms

  • A high temperature

  • A new, continuous cough
  • Loss or change in sense of smell or taste

What to do if you have these symptoms

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. You should stay at home and self isolate.

Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.

You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you're staying at home. Read the NHS advice about staying at home.

Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:

  • You feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
  • Your condition gets worse
  • Your symptoms do not get better after 7 days

Use the 111 coronavirus service

How to self isolate if you or someone in your house has coronavirus

If you have symptoms of coronavirus you should stay home and self isolate. What this means is you should not leave your house, even to do shopping, to avoid spreading the virus. If you live alone, you should stay at home for seven days from when your symptoms started. If you live with others, then you must stay at home for seven days from when your symptoms started. However, everyone else in the household who is well must stay at home and not leave for 10 days.

For more information about when to self isolate and what this means for families visit the Government website.

Find out more

How to avoid catching or spreading germs

Do:

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze.

  • Put used tissues in the bin straight away.

  • Wash your hands with soap and water often, and for 20 seconds – use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.

  • Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell.

Don't:

  • Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.

Getting tested for Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Guidance on coronavirus testing, including who is eligible for a test, how to get tested and the different types of test available is available on the www.gov.uk.

Full details for testing centres in Bexley can be found below.

Local Testing Centres

 

Further information

NHS England had produced a list of common questions about coronavirus, covering advice for you and your family, how it's caught and spread, prevention, self-isolation, testing and treatment and foreign travel. 

NHS common questions

Other places for information:

NHS coronavirus information

GOV.UK information on coronavirus and the situation in the UK

Gov.UK guidance on social distancing

GOV.UK foreign travel advice

World Health Organization: coronavirus myth busters

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