Find out about the latest COVID-19 guidance in Northumberland, including how to stay safe and prevent the spread.

Last updated: 27 January 2022. *Please note content correct at time of update - for full up to date info always check www.gov.uk/coronavirus


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Current Covid measures

The Government has announced that England is now under Plan A measures. This means:

  • The government is no longer asking people to work from home.
  • There is no longer a legal requirement to wear a face covering. The government suggests that you continue to wear a face covering in crowded and enclosed spaces where you may come into contact with other people you do not normally meet.
  • Face coverings are required in health-care settings, including primary care (GP, dental and eye care surgeries) and pharmacies.
  • Mandatory COVID-19 certification is no longer required, but venues may choose to use the NHS COVID Pass voluntarily.
COVID-19 remains a risk
  • If you develop COVID-19 symptoms, self-isolate immediately and get a PCR test. You should self-isolate at home while you get a PCR test and wait for the results. 
  • If you have a positive lateral flow test but no symptoms, you should log the result of your lateral flow test and self-isolate.
  • It is still a legal requirement for those with COVID-19 to self isolate for 10 days. People who have tested positive may be able to stop self-isolating at the start of day 6. This only applies if you get 2 negative rapid lateral flow test results on days 5 and 6 and do not have a temperature. Tests must be at least 24 hours apart. Individuals who are positive on their lateral flow tests must stay in isolation for 10 full days unless they have had two consecutive negative tests taken on separate days.
  • Fully vaccinated individuals who are identified as contacts of someone with COVID-19 should take daily rapid lateral flow tests for 7 days but are not legally required to self-isolate. Unvaccinated contacts are legally required to self-isolate for the full 10-day period.

Keep up to date with the latest Government guidance at https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus.
 

Who can get a booster

  • People aged 18 or over can pre-book a booster dose appointment 2 months after their second dose. You can get your booster dose 3 months after your second dose.
  • Young people can now get their second vaccination if it has been more than 12 weeks since their first dose.
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Latest travel measures 

Fully vaccinated adults and over 5s arriving in England must take a post-arrival lateral flow test. A PCR is needed if they test positive.

Fully vaccinated adults and under 18s don't need to take a pre-departure test before entering England.

From 11 February at 4am all testing requirements will be removed for eligible fully vacinated arrivals. Only a Passenger Locator Form will be required. Arrivals who are not fully vaccinated will need to take a pre-departure test and a PCR test on or before day 2 after they arrive in the UK.

From 3 February children aged 12-15 will be able to prove their vaccination status or proof of prioir infection via a digital NHS COVID Pass for outbound travel. 

Find out more at www.gov.uk/government/news/pre-departure-testing-removed-for-vaccinated-travellers
If you need translated versions of the latest COVID-19 guidance, information in multiple languages are included at the links below.


The guidance can be accessed in written, audio and video form.
 

Written and audio translations

Doctors of the World, in partnership with the British Red Cross, Migrant Help and Clear Voice, have produced advice on Coronavirus (COVID-19) in 60 languages.

 

Video versions

Doctors of the World, in partnership with the Mayor of London, has produced motion graphic videos with key COVID-19 information for migrants living in the UK. The videos contain the latest advice from the UK government, including information on COVID-19 testing and wearing face masks. 

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