Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Information and support during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

National Lockdown: Stay at Home

A national lockdown in now in place for England. It's important we all do our bit and stay at home.

Read the the full Government guidance at (Opens in a New Window)

You must not leave, or be outside of your home except where necessary. You may leave the home to:

  • shop for basic necessities, for you or a vulnerable person
  • go to work, or provide voluntary or charitable services, if you cannot reasonably do so from home
  • exercise with your household (or support bubble) or one other person, this should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area.
  • meet your support bubble or childcare bubble where necessary, but only if you are legally permitted to form one
  • seek medical assistance or avoid injury, illness or risk of harm (including domestic abuse)
  • attend education or childcare - for those eligible

Colleges, primary and secondary schools will remain open only for vulnerable children and the children of critical workers. All other children will learn remotely until February half term. Early Years settings remain open.

Higher Education provision will remain online until mid February for all except future critical worker courses.

Full details on what you can and cannot do under the new lockdown can be found at (Opens in a New Window)

Protecting people more at risk from coronavirus

If you are clinically vulnerable, you could be at higher risk of severe illness from coronavirus. There is additional advice for people who are clinically extremely vulnerable to coronavirus. Those who are clinically extremely vulnerable should not attend work, school, college or university, and limit the time you spend outside the home. You should only go out for medical appointments, exercise or if it is essential.

Remember: Hands, face, space

  • HANDS - wash hands regularly for at least 20 seconds

  • FACE - wear face coverings in enclosed spaces where you can’t keep your distance (unless you are exempt - view the full list of exemptions (Opens in a new window)

  • SPACE - observe social distancing of 2metres (or 1metre with additional precautions where 2m is not possible) 

Self-isolate and get a free test if you have any of these symptoms

The Government has announced that, from 14 December, there will be a change to the self-isolation period from 14 to ten days. The change to the isolation period for contacts will apply to all those who are currently self-isolating, including those who commenced self-isolation before 14 December. Find full details from the Government announcement (Opens in a New Window)

Self-isolation periods will begin on the day after exposure, a test or the start of symptoms.

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)

  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)

  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

  • Do not go out if you have symptoms, except to get a test. You must not visit anywhere else until you have received results to show you are negative.

Accurate advice, from accurate sources

There will be lots of speculation and rumour so it’s important to be aware of false information:

  • Consider the source – where did you receive the information from?
  • Cross check – are other reliable platforms sharing the same information?

Follow accurate advice, from accurate sources:


More information about the vaccine programme can be found on our vaccine page.

Community Testing

More information about the Community Testing programme can be found on our Community Testing page.

Testing for Schools

More information on rapid lateral flow testing for households and bubbles of school pupils and staff can be found on our Testing for Schools page.

COVID-19 Risk Assessment Guidance

This risk assessment (.pdf) (52KB) (Opens in a New Window) is based on the latest HSE and Government information/guidance around COVID-19 and the key areas.

It has been compiled in accordance with an employer's statutory duty to do so under the Health and Safety at Work Act (1974) and complies with the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations (1999).

This risk assessment is the starting point for all departments to add their specific tasks and risks to. This risk assessment is based on the latest HSE and Government information / guidance around COVID-19 and the key areas.

View Broxtowe Borough Council's Staying COVID-19 Secure document (.pdf) (468KB) (Opens in a New Window)

Response to COVID-19

The Government has issued a plan for the next phase of response to coronavirus, Our plan to rebuild: The UK Government's COVID-19 recovery strategy (Opens in a new window)

Locally, the Local Outbreak Control Plan sets out the arrangements for ongoing local surveillance and the actions that will be taken in response to local outbreaks should they occur.

Broxtowe Borough Council is working with partners across Nottinghamshire to respond to the pandemic as part of the Local Resilience Forum.

As well as responding to the virus, the Council has also put in place plans for the Borough's recovery. View the Council's recovery proposals (.pdf) (265kb) (Opens in a new window). 

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Staying up to date

The easiest way to stay up to date with the Council's updates is:

tel: 0800 555 111
Broxtowe Borough Council
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