Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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Changes to self-isolation 

From Monday 17 January, people with COVID-19 in England can end their self-isolation after five full days, as long as they test negative on day 5 and day 6 and do not have a temperature.

Tests must be at least 24 hours apart. If either test is positive, wait 24 hours before testing again.

Read more about self-isolation changes on gov.uk (opens in a new window).

We are still in Plan B in response to the risks of the Omicron variant

This means:

  • face coverings are required by law in most indoor settings
  • workers who can work from home should do so
  • certain venues and events are required by law to check that all visitors aged 18 years or over are fully vaccinated, or have proof of a negative test in the last 48 hours, or have an exemption

COVID-19 remains a serious health risk. You should stay cautious to help protect yourself and others.

  • get vaccinated as soon as you are eligible
    • everyone aged 16 and over can get a first, second and booster dose of a vaccine
  • meeting outdoors is safer, if you meet indoors, let fresh air in
  • get tested and follow self-isolate rules if you have tested positive for the Omicron variants
  • stay at home if you are unwell
  • regularly wash your hands, if you can't use soap and water, wash your hand with alcohol-based hand sanitiser containing at least 70% alcohol
  • download and use the NHS COVID-19 App

Advice and guidance

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Information specific to Worcestershire

Specific guidance

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Further advice and guidance

COVID-19, Domestic Abuse and Your Community

You might be worried about yourself or a friend/relative’s wellbeing whilst we are being asked to stay at home as part of the COVID-19 emergency measures. If so, help is available:

SafeLives ending domestic abuse # you are not alone
Safe Lives have all the domestic abuse resources in a one stop link:
Website: SafeLives ending domestic abuse - Domestic abuse and COVID-19 (opens in a new window)
Free phone 24 hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline 0808 2000 247

West Mercia Women’s Aid Helpline 24 hours a day on 0800 980 3331
Website: West Mercia Women's Aid (opens in a new window)

Men’s Advice Line on 0808 801 0327 (Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm)

In an emergency always dial 999

For more information about this service and further domestic abuse related information and services please visit the Worcestershire County Council Domestic abuse website.