Information on Coronavirus (Covid-19) - updated

Coronavirus restrictions are to be reduced as the government's plan B comes to an end. But infection levels are still high and you should continue to follow Covid safety guidance to protect yourself and others.
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Information correct as of 19 January 2022 - for the most up to date guidance visit the government's website. 

The government has announced that the measures put in place under plan B in England will be lifted.

You should follow Covid safety guidance to help keep yourself and others safe, and:

  • Get vaccinated and get your booster dose
  • Wear a face covering in indoor public places and on public transport if you can
  • Get tested and self-isolate if you need to
  • Take a lateral flow test if you will be in a high risk situation that day
  • Follow the rules on self isolation and PCR testing if you are travelling to the UK from abroad - find out more here

Meeting outdoors is safer, and ventilating your home or workplace helps reduce the risk of infection. 

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What is changing

  • From 17 January, you can end your self-isolation with Covid-19 after five full days, as long as you test negative on days five and six - details here
  • From 19 January, you are no longer asked to work from home if you can.
  • From 20 January, staff and students in secondary schools will no longer be required to wear a face mask in the classroom.
  • From 27 January, you will not be required to wear a face mask in public settings. But should continue to wear one in crowded indoor settings if you can.
  • From 27 January, you will not need to show your NHS Covid Pass at venues and events by law.

It is still possible to catch and spread Covid-19, even if you are fully vaccinated, so everyone must follow the new rules.

You must still:

  • Get tested if you have coronavirus symptoms
  • Stay at home and self isolate while you book a test, or if you are waiting for the result.
  • Isolate if you have a positive test or are contacted by NHS Test and Trace.

What are the symptoms of coronavirus?

The main symptoms of coronavirus (Covid-19) are:

  • a high temperature 
  • a new, continuous cough 
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste 

If you have any of the main symptoms of Covid-19, even if they're mild:

  • Get a PCR test (test that is sent to a lab) to check if you have Covid-19 as soon as possible.
  • Stay at home and do not have visitors (self-isolate) until you get your test result – only leave your home to have a test. 

When to take a lateral flow test

You should take a rapid lateral flow test:

You are at higher risk of catching or passing on Covid-19 when:

  • in crowded and enclosed spaces
  • there is limited fresh air

Report rapid lateral flow test results the day you or someone in your household takes the test, no matter what the result is.

How to get a lateral flow test kit

You can pick up a lateral flow test from most pharmacies or order one online. 

Call 119 (free from mobiles and landlines) - lines are open every day, 7am to 11pm. 119 provides support in 200 languages.

When to contact NHS 111

Contact NHS 111 if you are not sure what to do or if you are worried about your symptoms. 

Call 111 if you cannot get help online.

Do not visit your GP surgery, hospital or pharmacy if you have any Covid-19 symptoms, unless you have been asked to attend. 

NHS Covid Pass

This pass lets you show your Covid-19 vaccine status when travelling abroad and domestically at events and venues in England.

You can download a digital copy or request a status letter. 

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Covid-19 vaccine

The NHS is continuing to roll out the Covid-19 vaccination programme. Everyone is urged to take up their invitation and get two doses, which offers the best protection.

Find out more

Need help and support?

If you or someone you know needs help, there are lots of organisations, charities and community groups who can help with shopping, collecting medicines, befriending and more.

Cambridgeshire County Council and local district councils are supporting local residents who may need extra support. 

Find out more

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. 

Find out more