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

Last updated: 15 September 2021. *Please note content correct at time of update - for full up to date info always check

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Coronavirus remains a serious health risk. You should stay cautious to help protect yourself and others:

  • Let fresh air in if you meet indoors. Meeting outdoors is safer.
  • Wear a face covering in crowded and enclosed spaces where you come into contact with people you do not normally meet.
  • Get tested and self-isolate if required.
  • If you haven't already, get vaccinated.

COVID-19 Autumn and Winter Plan 2021

On Tuesday 14 September, the Prime Minister set out the government's plan to manage COVID-19 throughout autumn and winter.

Over autumn and winter, the government will aim to sustain the progress made and prepare the country for future challenges, while ensuring the NHS does not come under unsustainable pressure. The government plans to achieve this by:

This means:
  • Vaccines will continue to be England's first line of defence and priority groups 1 to 9 will be offered booster jabs from this month
  • The Test, Trace and Isolate programme will continue, as will symptomatic PCR testing
  • Lateral flow tests will remain free of charge at this stage
  • The legal obligation to self-isolate for those have tested positive and their unvaccinated contacts will continue, and the financial support payment for those self-isolating on certain benefits will continue in its current format until the end of March.
  • The public will be offered continued guidance on how to protect themselves and each other
  • A tough border policy will remain in place 
The Prime Minister also set out a range of 'Plan B' measures, as the autumn and winter months could pose renewed challenges and it is difficult to predict the path of the virus with certainty. Plan B would include:
  • Introducing mandatory vaccine only Covid status certification in certain, riskier settings.
  • Legally mandating face coverings in certain settings, such as public transport and shops.
  • Communicating clearly and urgently to the public if the risk level increases.
These measures would only be implemented if necessary, and if the NHS is at risk of becoming overwhelmed.

Read the full COVID-19 Autumn and Winter Plan here.
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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