Harborough District Coronavirus Update

Covid-19 restrictions in England

From Friday 10 December 2021 some new restrictions come into place in England.

The government has announced that England will move to Plan B in response to the risks of the Omicron variant. This means:

  • From 10 December, face coverings will be required by law in most indoor settings
  • From 13 December office workers who can work from home should do so
  • From 15 December, certain venues and events will be required by law to check that all visitors aged 18 years or over are fully vaccinated, have proof of a negative test in the last 48 hours, or have an exemption

COVID-19 remains a risk

It is still possible to catch and spread COVID-19, even if you are fully vaccinated.

Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms or a positive test result should stay at home and self-isolate immediately. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you should arrange to take a PCR test as soon as possible, even if you’ve had one or more doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Those who have been in contact with an individual who may have been infected with the Omicron variant will need to self-isolate. This will apply even if you are fully vaccinated or aged 18 or under. NHS Test and Trace will contact you if this is the case.

COVID-19 will be a feature of our lives for the foreseeable future, so we need to learn to live with it and manage the risk to ourselves and others.

Following government guidance will help you to understand situations where there is a greater risk of catching or spreading COVID-19 and the steps that you can take to stay safe and protect others. Every action you can take to help reduce the spread will help reduce pressure on the NHS during the winter months. Remember, around 1 in 3 people with Covid-19 don’t show any symptoms. You can take a twice-weekly lateral flow Covid-19 test and help to stop the spread of the virus. Rapid lateral flow testing continues to be available free of charge. You can get tests from pharmacies or online. Find out more about how to get rapid lateral flow tests.

The vaccine is the best defence we have against the Covid-19 virus. By having two doses and a booster you will not only protect yourself, but you’ll be helping to reduce the spread of the virus. Full details of the options for getting the Covid-19 vaccine or booster are on the NHS website

For more information about the restrictions & government advice please visit the Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance and support - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)