If you're looking for the most up-to-date and current guidance, you can find all the relevant information here
The government's guidance explains how to stay safe and help prevent the spread of coronavirus.
Further health advice and support for Lincolnshire can be found on Lincolnshire County Council’s website.
The Government has introduced an alert service for WhatsApp users. To use the service, people are being encouraged to add 07860 064422 and message the word ‘hi’ within WhatsApp.
The new free to use service aims to provide official, trustworthy and timely information and advice about coronavirus.
This will help combat the spread of coronavirus misinformation in the UK.
If you develop any of the main symptoms of COVID-19, stay at home and self-isolate immediately.
For further information please visit Gov.uk
The NHS is currently offering the Covid-19 Vaccine. You can find out who is currently eligible for the vaccine by visiting the NHS website.
For more information specifically relating to Lincolnshire; including vaccination centres, visit the Lincolnshire coronavirus vaccine programme website.
Before you make you vaccination appointment, there are a few things to consider, such as:
- how you'll get there
- what day and time is likely to be easiest for you
- can someone in your household or a friend take you
- use public transport if needed - bus and taxi operators are following covid-safe guidelines but make sure you wear your mask and sanitise your hands before and after your journey
- if you need accessible transport, many taxi companies have suitable vehicles
If you need further advice on transport options, The Lincolnshire Transport Helpline provides information and advice on a wide range of transport options including community car schemes and CallConnect - find out your travel options here or call 0345 456 4474 (Mon-Fri 9am – 6pm, Sat 9.30am – 4pm).
If you book your vaccination appointment and then find out you can't get there, you can re-arrange your appointment for a different time or venue.
Guidance on coronavirus testing, including who is eligible for a test and how to get tested is available on the gov.uk website.
For local information about testing, visit the Lincolnshire County Council website.
NHS Covid-19 app
The free NHS Covid-19 app is a vital part of the NHS Test and Trace service in England, and the NHS Wales Test, Trace, Protect service.
See further information on how to download the app here.
Test and trace
NHS test and trace has launched to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus. If you are contacted by a tracer, you should self-isolate for 10 days. Please be wary of scammers. Remember that a contact tracer will never ask for your bank or card details, for money, or for you to call a premium rate number, starting with 09 or 087. They would also never ask you to download anything or send someone to your home. For more details, please see the NHS test and trace page.
The Government has recently updated their guidance for volunteers on how to help safely. The guidance now contains the most up-to-date information for volunteers to follow. They have also published updated guidance about how to volunteer, which contains further guidance about how to volunteer and who can volunteer (and from where). It also now contains information about how to volunteer through local authorities.
The government has set out a list of face covering exemptions, as they are mandatory in additional enclosed spaces.
The exemptions include anyone under the age of 11, or those with disabilities, or hidden health conditions such as breathing difficulties, mental health conditions or autism
The public are asked to be mindful of people who are exempt from wearing a face covering. The list of exemptions, which has been in place since face coverings became mandatory on public transport, includes hidden conditions such as anxiety or panic disorders, autism, breathing difficulties, dementia, reduced vision or if you are with someone who relies on lip reading to communicate.
The latest government guidance on when to wear a face covering and how to make one is now available.
Face coverings and face masks are needed in healthcare settings to comply with infection, prevention, control (IPC) guidance. This includes hospitals and primary or community care settings, such as GP surgeries. They should also be worn by everyone accessing or visiting care homes. This also includes carers and unpaid carers who visit the households of the people they care for.
The government has published guidance on the use of face coverings for schools and other education institutions. From 1 September new advice will apply to the use of face coverings by staff and pupils in some schools, and to learners in further education. This guidance is for schools and other education institutions that teach people in years seven and above in England. Parents and carers should check with their children's schools for individual advice.
If you are over 60 or clinically vulnerable, you could be at higher risk of severe illness from coronavirus. You:
- should be especially careful to follow the rules and minimise your contacts with others
- should continue to wash your hands carefully and more frequently than usual and maintain thorough cleaning of frequently touched areas in your home/or workspace.
It is advised if you are clinically extremely vulnerable to stay at home as much as possible, except to go outdoors for exercise or to attend essential health appointments. There is specific guidance on if you are in employment or education, how to get shopping, how to access help and support. You can find further guidance on shielding and protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable from COVID-19.