Information on Coronavirus (Covid-19) - updated

Read the latest advice and information from NHS England and Public Health England about the Coronavirus
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Last updated 30 July 2020.

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What you can and can't do from 4 July

The government has set out its plan to return life to as near normal as we can, but in a way that continues to protect our communities and our NHS.

Find out more about what you can and can't do including information about travel restrictions, who you're allowed to meet with and what shops and business can now open.

If you do go outside or meet with others, remember that it's still important to social distance.

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Shielding: relaxed guidance 

  • From 6 July, you can meet up to six people outdoors - including people from different households.
  • However, you must keep to social distancing guidance when outside your home, as well as frequently washing your hands, to minimise the risk of becoming infected.
  • You no longer need to observe social distancing with other members of your household.
  • You can also form a ‘support bubble’ with one other household. All those in a support bubble will be able to spend time together inside each other's homes, including overnight, without needing to socially distance.  
  • And from Saturday 1 August,  shielding will be paused. From this date, the Government advises adopting strict social distancing rather than full shielding measures.

However, people who have been shielding are urged to remain cautious as you are still at risk of severe illness if you catch coronavirus. The advice is to stay at home where possible. 

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If you think you might have coronavirus


  • A high temperature

  • A new, continuous cough
  • Loss or change in sense of smell or taste

What to do if you have these symptoms

If you have any of the main symptoms of coronavirus:

  1. Get a test to check if you have coronavirus as soon as possible.
  2. Stay at home and do not have visitors until you get your test result – only leave your home to have a test.

Anyone you live with, and anyone in your support bubble, must also stay at home until you get your result.

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Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:

  • you're worried about your symptoms
  • you're not sure what to do

Call 111 if you cannot get help online. Do not go to places like a GP surgery, hospital or pharmacy.

How to self isolate if you or someone in your house has coronavirus

If you have symptoms or have tested positive for coronavirus (high temperature, a new, continuous cough or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste) you'll need to self-isolate for at least 10 days.

But you'll usually need to self-isolate for 14 days if:

For more information about when to self isolate and what this means for families visit the Government website.

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  • You live with others who have tested positive for coronavirus, or have coronavirus symptoms. 
  • Someone in your support bubble has symptoms or has tested positive.
  • You're told by NHS Test and Trace that you've been in touch with a person with coronavirus.  

How to avoid catching or spreading germs


  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze.

  • Put used tissues in the bin straight away.

  • Wash your hands with soap and water often, and for 20 seconds – use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.

  • Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell.

  • Wear a face covering when you are on public transport, visiting hospital, out shopping, or are unable to maintain a 2 metre distance from people.


  • Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.

Other important guidance

Mandatory face coverings

All hospital visitors and outpatients and users of public transport must wear face coverings. And all customers must wear face coverings in shops from Friday 24 July.

All hospital staff - not just those on the frontline - will also need to wear surgical masks.

Read more on face coverings

Support bubbles - from Saturday 13 June

Friends and families across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough will be able to reunite as new support bubbles come into effect.

Single adults living alone - or single parents with children under-18 - will be allowed to make a bubble with another household. But people who are shielding are advised not to join.

Read more about the new bubbles and the guidance on meeting other people 

Up to six people can meet outside - from Monday 1 June

Groups of up to six people will be able to meet outside in England from Monday, 1 June. However, people from different households must continue to stay 2m (3 steps) apart.

Spending time inside the homes of friends and families is still out of bounds, although people can go inside in order to access the garden or use the toilet.

Read the government advice 

Looking after your mental health and wellbeing

New mental health and wellbeing advice was issued by the Government on 29 March to help families through the lockdown.

The crisis is impacting everyone's lives - and the new advice includes help for those caring for children or young people, including those with additional needs and disabilities.

Read more - supporting your wellbeing and mental health

Read more - guidance for families with children and young people

Further information

NHS England had produced a list of common questions about coronavirus, covering advice for you and your family, how it's caught and spread, prevention, self-isolation, testing and treatment and foreign travel. 

NHS common questions

Other places for information:

How services are changing because of Covid 19

Read our advice and guidance on coronavirus and find out how services are changing to meet people's needs. 

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