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COVID-19: latest guidance on protecting yourself

View information and advice about protecting yourself including how to stay safe and help prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Coronavirus restrictions: how to stay safe and help prevent the spread

Key messages: you should continue to follow safer behaviours to protect yourself and others.  

  • From 27 January 2022 you will not be required to wear a face covering. The government suggests you continue to wear one in crowded and indoor spaces where you may come into contact with people you don't normally meet.
  • We still recommend you continue to wear face coverings to protect both yourself and others against the spread of infection. This is particularly in crowded places and where people are more vulnerable for example care homes and GP surgeries.
  • From 27 January 2022 venues and events will no longer be required by law to check visitors' NHS COVID Pass. The NHS COVID Pass can still be used on a voluntary basis.
  • If you're a fully vaccinated contact of someone with COVID-19 you are strongly advised to take rapid Lateral Flow Device (LFD) tests every day for 7 days. If you're an unvaccinated contact of a positive COVID-19 case you're still required to self-isolate for 10 full days.
  • If you've received a positive PCR test result it is possible you can end self-isolation after 5 days, following 2 negative Lateral Flow Device tests taken 24 hours apart. The first Lateral Flow Device test should not be taken before the fifth day.
  • If you do not have symptoms the government recommends you take regular Lateral Flow Device tests to help find cases in people who may have no symptoms but are still infectious and can give the virus to others. 
  • The government recommends you take up the offer of getting your vaccinations including the booster dose.

Government protections: how to stay safe and help prevent the spread  

Vaccination programme

Read about the vaccine, what you need to do and what will happen on the day of your appointment.


The NHS COVID Pass shows your coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination details or test results.

Face coverings - prevent infection

Face coverings protect the wearer and others against the spread of infection because they cover the nose and mouth, which are the main confirmed sources of transmission of virus that causes coronavirus infection (COVID-19).

Handwashing advice - prevent infection

Handwashing still plays a key role in protecting yourself and others. Wash your hands regularly, use soap and water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitiser and make sure you store hand sanitiser safely out of reach of children.

Testing children and isolation from school

Find out what parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges. It includes tracing and self-isolation, symptoms and testing and more.

NHS Test and Trace

Find out about the test and trace service, including what happens if you test positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) or have had close contact with someone who has tested positive. There's also information about how to apply for a test.

Information and advice mainly from GOV.UK and NHS.UK

There are several information sources covering a range of different topics. You may need to use more than one of these websites to help keep you stay safer. 

Clinically extremely vulnerable residents

The shielding programme has ended. If you were previously identified as clinically extremely vulnerable, you are advised to continue to follow the guidance that is in place for everyone.

Report a business or individual possibly breaking COVID-19 rules

Find out how to report either a business or an individual if you've concerns about COVID-19 risks or guidelines not being followed. 

Local helpline for coronavirus (COVID-19)

If you’re a vulnerable resident or know of a vulnerable resident that requires food supplies, or any other help and support please contact us.

Stay up-to-date with COVID-19 information and advice

View information and advice about the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Related pages

Popular COVID-19 pages

Basics to help tackle COVID-19

Control measures for buildings

  • Ensure good hygiene for everyone.
  • Maintain appropriate cleaning regimes.
  • Keep occupied spaces well ventilated.
  • Follow public health advice on testing, self-isolation and managing confirmed cases of COVID-19.