COVID-19: Official health information and guidance

Coronavirus restrictions remain in place across the country, including for people who have been vaccinated. In England:

  • You can meet indoors in a group of up to six people or a group of any size from two households
  • You can meet outside in a group of up to 30 people
  • Work from home if you can and travel safely
  • If you have symptoms get a test and stay at home

On this page:

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.

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 (Step 3 of the roadmap)

Currently England is in step three of the roadmap out of coronavirus. The majority of the indoor and remaining outdoor businesses have reopened, and gathering limits have increased indoors and outdoors. The Stay in the UK restriction has also been lifted and people are now able to travel to green list countries, if they permit inbound travel.

This means that currently:

Social contact

  • Gathering limits have been eased. Outdoor gatherings are limited to 30 people and indoor gatherings are limited to six people or two households
  • New guidance on meeting friends and family emphasises personal responsibility rather than government rules.

Business and activities

  • Indoor entertainment and attractions such as cinemas, theatres, concert halls, and children’s indoor play areas are permitted to open with COVID-secure measures in place
  • People can attend indoor and outdoor events, including live performances, sporting events and business events
  • Indoor hospitality venues such as restaurants, pubs, bars and cafes can reopen
  • Organised indoor sport can take place for all. This includes gym classes


  • All holiday accommodation can open, including hotels and B&Bs. This can be used by groups of up to six people or two households
  • There is no longer a legal restriction or permitted reason required to travel internationally


  • All higher education students are able to access in-person teaching
  • Support groups and parent and child group gathering limits have been increased to 30 people (not including under 5s)

Care homes

  • The rules for care home residents visiting out and receiving visitors have changed, allowing up to five named visitors (two at any one time), provided visitors test negative for COVID-19

Next Steps

On 14 June, the Government announced a 4 week pause at step three. It is expected that England will now move to step 4 on 19 July.

There will be some changes in the restrictions from 21 June. These include:

  • Weddings and civil partnership ceremonies and wedding receptions or civil partnership celebrations
  • Commemorative events following a death such as a wake, stone setting or ash scattering
  • Large events pilots
  • Care home visits
  • Domestic residential visits for children

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.