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From 19 July, the majority of COVID-19 restrictions come to an end and guidance focuses on personal responsibility. However, with COVID cases continuing to rise, people are encouraged to continue to take precautions to keep themselves and others safe. 

This page outlines how you can keep yourself safe from COVID-19.

Know the symptoms of COVID-19

The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:

  • New continuous cough
  • High temperature
  • Loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell

For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness, but however mild your symptoms, you should stay at home.

Visit the NHS coronavirus webpage for the latest advice and guidance.

Read Government information and advice in other languages and accessible formats.

Take precautions to stay well

To keep safe, remember to:

  • Hands: Wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds.
  • Face: Wear a mask on public transport and if you are going into a shop.
  • Space: Keep your distance if you go out with people you don’t know
  • Ventilate: If meeting others, make sure that you are in a well ventilated area. Try to open windows or meet outdoors!

You must remember:

  • Self-isolate if you or anyone in your household has symptoms. See guide for how to isolate at home safely (pdf, 566 KB).
  • If you test positive for coronavirus – provide details of contacts via NHS Test and Trace.

Get tested

Remember to self-isolate and take a COVID-19 test (PCR) as soon as possible if you are displaying symptoms.

If you are not displaying symptoms, but want to check you are COVID-free before seeing friends, family or going into work, take a lateral flow test

Have the vaccine

One of the best ways to keep yourself and others safe is to have the COVID-19 vaccine. You can book your appointment online, or attend one of the many walk-in clinics across South West London. 

See information on new strains of coronavirus and the effectiveness of vaccines against variants.

Download the apps

NHS Test and Trace app - this allows you to receive alerts if you have been in close contact with someone with coronavirus – enabling you to self-isolate.

General NHS app - this links to your GP record and allows you to have access to a COVID pass, which will enable you to show your vaccination status if you are travelling abroad. 

Travel safely

If you are planning on travelling overseas this year, make sure you check the latest restrictions and requirements of travel. This could include a requirement to take a test before and after you leave and possibly quarantine.

Latest Government information

You can find the latest information on the situation in the UK on the GOV.UK website.

For information on symptoms, how to protect yourself, and what to do if you think you might have coronavirus, visit the NHS coronavirus webpage.

Updated: 19 July 2021