COVID-19: Official health information and guidance

From Saturday 17 October 2020, Richmond upon Thames will be in Tier 2: HIGH COVID-19 alert

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.

How to stay well

The Government regularly updates national guidance to prevent the spread of coronavirus. However, residents are reminded:

  • 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. Failure to do so could result in a £200 fine. Apply for one of our exempt badges if you do not have to wear a mask
  • Space: Keep your distance if you go out (1 metre apart if 2 metres is not possible).

You  must remember:

  • Self-isolate if you or anyone in your household has symptoms. A new Test and Trace Support payment is available for people on a low income who must self-isolate for 14 days and cannot work from home during this period. 
  • Apply for a test if you have symptoms or have specifically been told to by a healthcare professional
  • If you test positive for coronavirus – provide details of contacts via NHS Test and Trace.

Download the NHS COVID-19 App

Local COVID Alert Level: HIGH

The Prime Minister has set out a new three-tiered system of local COVID Alert Levels in England.

He confirmed the levels will be set at medium, high, and very high. View the Government full announcement.

Similarly to the rest of London, Richmond upon Thames will be moved to the HIGH tier from Saturday 17 October 2020. That means that from this date the new local restrictions will be:

This includes:  

  • Mixing of households indoors not allowed (unless they are your support bubble). This includes in homes, pubs or restaurants
  • It is against the law for people to gather in a group of more than six outdoors, unless covered by an exemption
  • Schools and universities remain open
  • Places of worship remain open
  • Organised sport and licensed physical activity allowed in outdoor settings. Indoor organised sport must follow social contact rules (other than youth or disabled sport). Public attendance not permitted at elite sport events
  • Up to 15 for wedding ceremonies. Receptions for up to 15 (sit down meal, COVID Secure)
  • Up to 30 allowed to attend a funeral, 15 for wakes
  • Work from home wherever possible

More information about Local COVID alert levels.

Download the graphic for High Tier.

View the latest guidance on new COVID-19 restrictions in London that is being sent to all residents in the borough.

Other guidance:

These documents provide more detailed advice on the new government guidance:

In addition to UK measures there is guidance on shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable from COVID-19. The guidance is for people, including children, who are at very high risk of severe illness from COVID-19 because of a serious underlying health condition.

More information on coronavirus testing and Local Outbreak Plan.

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: 22 October 2020