Information on Coronavirus

We are learning to live with Coronavirus. It is still possible to catch and spread it, even if you are fully vaccinated. So everyone is being asked to follow safe behaviours and take steps to protect themselves and others.
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Information correct as of 17 September 2021

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

To view the dashboard for the 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.

Current advice

The Government's autumn and winter plan says the main defence against coronavirus is vaccination. It asks people to follow these safe behaviours and steps to reduce the spread of Covid-19 and help to keep people safe:

  • Get vaccinated
  • Meeting outdoors is safer. If you meet indoors, let fresh air in
  • Wear a face covering in crowded and enclosed settings where you come into contact with people you do not normally meet
  • Get tested, and self isolate if required.  If you have symptoms you can find out how book into a Covid testing centre here.
  • Try to stay at home if you are unwell
  • Wash your hands
  • Download and use the NHS COVID-19 App
  • Take lateral flow tests twice a week even if you don’t have symptoms – especially if you are not fully vaccinated or if you are visiting people who are clinically more vulnerable and at risk. Around 1 in 3 people with COVID-19 do not have any symptoms. If you don't have symptoms find out more ways to obtain a COVID-19 no symptoms rapid test or testing kit.

For more information on lateral flow testing

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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

 

Current advice

Social distancing and most legal restrictions to control Covid-19 have now been lifted. 

  • Meet up outside or if you’re indoors open windows or doors if you have visitors.
  • Minimise the number, proximity and duration of social contacts.
  • If you think you might have COVID-19 symptoms, take a PCR test and stay home.
  • While face coverings are no longer required by law, the Government expects and recommends that people wear face coverings in crowded areas such as public transport.
  • Check in with the NHS COVID-19 app when you’re out.
  • Wash your hands regularly and for at least 20 seconds with soap.
  • Get vaccinated if you are 18 or over.
  • Take lateral flow tests twice a week even if you don’t have symptoms – especially if you are not fully vaccinated or if you are visiting people who are clinically more vulnerable and at risk. Around 1 in 3 people with COVID-19 do not have any symptoms.

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Changes to self isolation rules - 16 August

If you are fully vaccinated or below the age of 18 years and 6 months, you no longer need to self-isolate if:

  • You live in the same household as someone with Covid-19
  • You are a close contact of someone with Covid-19

Instead, you are advised take a PCR test as soon as possible to check if you have the virus and for variants of concern. 

Anyone who tests positive following the PCR test is still legally required to self-isolate, irrespective of their vaccination status or age.

Read the guidance 

You must still

  • Get tested if you have symptoms
  • Stay at home  and self isolate while you book a test, or if you are waiting for the result
  • Isolate if you have a positive test or are contacted by NHS Test and Trace. 
  • Quarantine if required following travel abroad
  • Wear a face covering and stick to other Covid safety measures in a healthcare setting

Use NHS 111  if:

  • you're not sure what to do
  • you're worried about your symptoms

Use the NHS  service

Call 111 if you cannot get help online. Do not go to places like a GP surgery, hospital or pharmacy if you have any Covid-19 symptoms

Need help and support?

If you or someone you know needs help, there are lots of organisations, charities and community groups who can help with shopping, collecting medicines, befriending and more.

London Borough of Bexley Council have a help line to support local people who may need extra support. Bexley Coronavirus Helpline 020 3045 5398


Covid-19 vaccine

The NHS is continuing to roll out the Covid-19 vaccination programme. Everyone is urged to take up their invitation and get two doses, which offers the best protection.

Find out more


NHS Covid Pass

This pass lets you show your Covid-19 vaccine status when travelling abroad and domestically at events and venues in England.

You can download a digital copy or request a status letter. 

Read more 


Further information

NHS coronavirus information

GOV.UK foreign travel advice

World Health Organization: coronavirus myth busters

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