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Latest advice and guidance on staying safe and well from GOV.UK and the NHS.


Removal of restrictions

The government is removing remaining domestic restrictions in England. There are still steps you can take to reduce the risk of catching and spreading COVID-19:

  • get vaccinated
  • let fresh air in if meeting indoors, or meet outside
  • consider wearing a face covering in crowded, enclosed spaces
  • get tested if you have COVID-19 symptoms, and stay at home if positive

Find out how you can help reduce the risks on GOV.UK

From 24 February

You will not be legally required to self-isolate if you test positive for COVID-19. Stay at home if you can and avoid contact with other people.

You will not have to take daily tests or be legally required to self-isolate following contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

The will end. If you were told to self-isolate before 24 February you can still make a claim up to 6 April.

NHS COVID-19 app

The NHS COVID-19 app is the fastest way to see if you're at risk from Coronavirus

Keep up to date

► UK Government Coronavirus Information service on WhatsApp - free to use service aiming to provide official, trustworthy and timely information and advice about coronavirus (COVID-19)

Public health information

Public Health England (PHE) is working closely with NHS colleagues and Essex County Council to manage the situation and help reduce the risk of further cases.

Guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection - Public Health England advice

NHS Test and trace service - what happens if you test positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) or have had close contact with someone who has tested positive

Social distancing - staying alert and safe; guidance for everyone in the UK

Staying safe outside your home - new guidance for working, travelling and exercising

Working safely during coronavirus - the government, in consultation with industry, has produced guidance to help ensure workplaces are as safe as possible

►  NHS advice - NHS advice on the risks, the symptoms and what to do if you think you have coronavirus 

Travel advice - countries and areas affected and specific advice from the NHS  

► Coronavirus updates from Essex County Council - latest information and news from ECC


Additional information

Guidance on making and wearing face coverings | ► Self-isolation - what it is and what it means | ► Contact tracing - what it is and what it means | ►Coronavirus outbreak FAQs: what you can and can't do | ►Number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases and risk in the UK - official figures