Information on Coronavirus

Coronavirus restrictions are tightened as Omicron infections - a new, more transmissible variant of the coronavirus - increase nationally. The government's plan B will come in from later this week and includes advice to work from home if you can.
People on a train wearing face coverings

Information correct as of 17 January 2022 - for the most up to date guidance visit the government's website. 

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.

Bexley Covid Testing Centres

 

England will move to the government's 'Plan B' in response to the risks of the Omicron variant.

  • Wear a face covering in most indoor public places and on public transport - unless you are exempt.
  • Get tested and self-isolate if you need to
  • Work from home, if you can
  • Stay at home if you feel unwell
  • If you haven’t already, get vaccinated
  • Meeting outdoors is safer. Let fresh air in if you meet indoors.
  • Take lateral flow tests  if you will be in a high risk situation that day
  • Follow the rules on self-isolation and PCR testing if you are travelling to the UK from abroad - find out more here.

Read the guidance 

What has changed

  • From 10 December, you must wear a face covering in most indoor settings -  unless you are exempt - see the full list here.
  • From 13 December, you should work from home if you can.
  • From 15 December, people aged 18+ must show their NHS Covid-19 pass to visit certain venues and large events. 
  • From 20 December, children aged 12 to 15 can now get their second vaccine dose if it’s been more than 12 weeks since their first vaccine dose. Book a vaccination appointment or find a walk-in vaccination site.
  • From 22 December, if you’ve tested positive or have symptoms, you can stop self-isolating after 7 days instead of 10 days if you get 2 negative lateral flow test results on day 6 and 7.  
  • From 17 January, people with Covid-19 can end their self-isolation after five full days, as long as they test negative on day five and day six - details here

It is still possible to catch and spread Covid-19, even if you are fully vaccinated, so everyone must follow the new rules.

You must still:

  • Get tested if you have coronavirus 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.

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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