COVID-19: Official health information and guidance

The coronavirus situation is changing daily and we know you may be concerned. We want to reassure everyone that we have robust plans in place to keep vital services running including care for older people and those with disabilities. We are managing our workforce in a sensible way, and according to national guidance, to ensure we remain strong. We are flexible and working differently to support our residents.

The UK is in national lockdown - this means that you must not leave your home unless necessary.

Symptoms and stay at home advice

The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:

  • New continuous cough
  • High temperature
  • Loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell

For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness, but however mild your symptoms, you should stay at home.

Visit the NHS coronavirus webpage for the latest advice and guidance.

Read Government information and advice in other languages and accessible formats

Testing is available in Wandsworth for those people displaying symptoms and those who are asymptomatic.

View guidance for the current lockdown.

How to stay well

The Government regularly updates national guidance to prevent the spread of coronavirus. However, residents are reminded:

  • Hands: Wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds
  • Face: Wear a mask on public transport and if you are going into a shop. Read guidance on wearing a mask and apply for a mask exempt badge. Failure to do so could result in a £200 fine.
  • Space: Keep your distance if you go out (1 metre apart if 2 metres is not possible)

You must remember:

  • Self-isolate if you or anyone in your household has symptoms. See guide for how to isolate at home safely.
    • A new Test and Trace Support payment is available for people on a low income who must self-isolate for 10 days and cannot work from home during this period.
  • Apply for a test if you have symptoms or have specifically been told to by a healthcare professional
  • If you test positive for coronavirus – provide details of contacts via NHS Test and Trace

Local COVID Alert Level

The UK is in national lockdown - this means that you must not leave your home unless necessary.

You may only leave 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.

If you do leave home for a permitted reason, you should always stay within the borough. You may leave your local area for a legally permitted reason, such as for work.

If you are clinically extremely vulnerable you should only go out for medical appointments, exercise or if it is essential. You should not attend work.

See the full guidance.

Other guidance

These documents provide more detailed advice on the new government guidance:

In addition to UK measures there is guidance on shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable from COVID-19. The guidance is for people, including children, who are at very high risk of severe illness from COVID-19 because of a serious underlying health condition.

More information on coronavirus testing and Local Outbreak Plan.

Latest government information

You can find the latest information on the situation in the UK on GOV.UK.

For information on symptoms, how to protect yourself, and what to do if you think you might have coronavirus, visit the NHS coronavirus webpage.