- Coronavirus (COVID-19)
From 1 April, updated guidance from Government advises people with symptoms of a respiratory infection - including COVID-19 - and a high temperature or who feel unwell, to try stay at home and avoid contact with other people, until they feel well enough to get back to their normal activities and they no longer have a high temperature.
Anyone with a positive COVID-19 test result will be advised to try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for five days, which is when they are most infectious.
Coronavirus remains a serious health risk and it is vital that everyone continues to follow some simple steps to keep themselves and others safe including:
- Getting vaccinated - visit the vaccination programme page for information on the COVID-19 vaccines, local vaccination centres and more.
- Letting fresh air in
- Remembering the basics of good hygiene
- Considering wearing a face covering or a face mask in certain situations
More information about these steps can be found on the Government's Living Safely with COVID-19 webpage (Opens in a new window).
Free lateral flow testing has now ended for most people.
If people wish to test themselves, lateral flow tests will be available to buy from pharmacies and supermarkets, including online.
Free tests for people who work in high risk settings, or who have COVID-19 symptoms and are at higher risk of serious illness, will continue to be provided. Read the Government's free test information (opens in a new window) for full details including:
- who can still get a free NHS COVID-19 test
- what you can do instead of taking a COVID-19 test
- what to do if you have COVID-19 symptoms
Support for individuals
- Support for individuals page
- Advice on looking after your mental health, physical health and money matters can be found on our Live Well pages.
Support for business
- NHS website (Opens in a new window)
- Government Covid-19 website (Opens in a new window)
- Public Health England website (Opens in a new window)
- A Gov.uk WhatsApp Coronavirus information service (Opens in a new window) has been launched to help combat the spread of misinformation. To use the service, add +44 7860 064422 to your mobile phone contacts and send a WhatsApp message saying 'Hi'.
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.