Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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

New measures as Omicron variant identified in UK 

The Government has announced that England will move to Plan B in response to the risks of the Omicron variant.
This means:
  • From 10 December, face coverings will be required by law in most indoor settings
  • From 13 December office works who can work from home should do so
  • From 15 December, certain venues and events will be required by law to check that all visitors aged 18 years or over are fully vaccinated, have proof of a negative test in the last 48 hours, or have an exemption

Those who have come into contact with an individual who may have been infected with the Omicron variant will need to self-isolate. This will apply even if you are fully-vaccinated or aged 18 or under. NHS Test and Trace will contact you if this is the case.

You can find the full guidance in the Government guidance what you can and cannot do webpage(Opens in a New Window).

Get Vaccinated

All adults in England have now been offered at least 2 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccines are safe and effective. Getting fully vaccinated is the best way of protecting you and others against COVID-19.

If you have not yet received the COVID-19 vaccine, you should get vaccinated (Opens in a New Window). Evidence indicates that 2 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine provide very effective protection against hospitalisation. It usually takes around 2 to 3 weeks for your body to develop its protective response.

To maintain this high level of protection through the coming winter, you should also get a booster vaccine for COVID-19 when offered. Winter is a difficult time when our immunity is weaker. Getting the booster vaccine is an essential part of ensuring immune defence this season.

Required use of the NHS COVID Pass

From 15 December, certain venues and events will be required by law to check that all visitors aged 18 years or over are fully vaccinated (currently a full course of vaccination without the need for a booster, but this will be kept under review), have proof of a negative test in the last 48 hours, or that they have an exemption. This means that those aged 18 years or over must show their NHS COVID Pass, or an alternative proof of a negative test result, such as an email or text proof, to gain entry into these venues.

Travelling in the UK and abroad

You must follow the rules for international travel(Opens in a New Window). You should not travel to countries or territories on the red list. Travelling to England from outside the UK

What you must do when you arrive in England from abroad depends on where you have been in the last 10 days before you arrive.

People planning to travel to England should follow the guidance on entering the UK(Opens in a New Window).

Let's Keep Life Moving

  • FRESH AIR - it's much safer to meet up outside in the fresh air, or if meeting inside make sure to let fresh air in.

  • TESTING - if you have symptoms of COVID-19 isolate and get tested, if you don't have symptoms make use of the twice weekly testing.

  • APP- make use of the NHS COVID-19 App by  checking in to venues and checking COVID-19 symptoms. You can also use the NHS App to access your COVID-19 Pass.

  • HAND WASHING- it's still important to remember to keep washing your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds to help stop the spread of the virus.

Testing

If you have symptoms

If you have symptoms you should self-isolate immediately and book a COVID-19 test (Opens in a new window)

If you don't have symptoms (are asymptomatic)

From 11 January 2022 in England, people who receive a positive lateral flow device (LFD) test results for COVID-19 will be required to self isolate immediately and won't be required to take a confirmatory PCR test.

This is a temporary measure while COVID-19 rates remain high across the UK. You can find full information on the Government website(Opens in a New Window).

Community Testing is available for those who don't have symptoms and who may need to have contact with others e.g. those who cannot work from home or those who work on the front-line and have contact with the public. Find out more on our Community Testing page.

New Guidance for self-isolation

The self-isolation guidance for people with coronavirus has changed. If your PCR test is positive it is now possible to end self-isolation after 7 days, following 2 negative lateral flow tests taken 24 hours apart. The first lateral flow test should not be taken before the sixth day. However if your lateral flow tests are positive you will still need to complete the full 10 days self-isolation. More guidance on self-isolation can be found on the Government website(Opens in a New Window).

If you do not have symptoms remember to take regular lateral flow tests(Opens in a New Window)

Testing Positive within 90 Days of a Positive PCR Result

If you have previously received a positive COVID-19 PCR test result, you are not usually advised to be re-tested within 90 days of this result.

However, you should have a PCR test within 90 days of a previous positive PCR test if:

  • You develop any new symptoms of COVID-19 
  • Or you are required to take a PCR test upon entry into the UK

If you are tested within 90 days of a positive PCR test result for either of these reasons, and the PCR test result is positive, you must self-isolate and follow the stay at home guidance (Opens in a New Window).

Schools and parents

Information about testing for school children, parents and those in their bubbles can be found on our Testing For Schools page.

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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)


Staying up to date

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

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:


Contact
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