COVID-19: Official health information and guidance
From 8 March, restrictions in England started to be lifted. From 29 March the 'Stay at Home' rule ended, but many restrictions are still in place and people are advised to 'Stay Local'.
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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.
Testing is available in Richmond upon Thames for those people displaying symptoms and those who are asymptomatic.
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. See guide for how to isolate at home safely (pdf, 566 KB).
- A new Test and Trace Support payment is available for people on a low income who must self-isolate for 10 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
From 29 March the 'Stay at Home' rule ended. However, many restrictions remain in place. The current changes (from 12 April) include:
The evidence shows that it is safer for people to meet outdoors rather than indoors. Outdoor gatherings (including in private gardens) of either 6 people (the Rule of six) or two households are now allowed, making it easier for friends and families to meet outside.
Business and activities
From 12 April, all non-essential retail, personal care, libraries and community centres, most outdoor attractions, indoor leisure including gyms and outdoor hospitality will reopen.
Travel abroad will continue to be prohibited, other than for a small number of permitted reasons. Holidays abroad will not be allowed.
The roadmap, which has now been published, outlines four steps for easing restrictions. Before proceeding to the next step, the Government will examine the data to assess the impact of previous steps.
This assessment will be based on four tests:
- The vaccine deployment programme continues successfully
- Evidence shows vaccines are sufficiently effective in reducing hospitalisations and deaths in those vaccinated
- Infection rates do not risk a surge in hospitalisations which would put unsustainable pressure on the NHS
- Assessment of the risks is not fundamentally changed by new Variants of Concern
There will be a minimum of five weeks between each step: four weeks for the data to reflect changes in restrictions; followed by seven days' notice of the restrictions to be eased.
See summary of the indicative roadmap (pdf, 5.6 MB)
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.
Up to: Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Updated: 08 April 2021