Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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Return to Plan A

The government has announced that England will fully return to Plan A on Thursday 27 January. This means:

  • guidance to work from home has ended
  • from Thursday 20 January,  Face coverings will no longer be advised in classrooms for both staff and pupils
  • face coverings are no longer compulsory in all indoor spaces from 27 January or for secondary pupils in classrooms from Thursday 20 January. Face coverings are still recommended in enclosed or crowded places, where you may come into contact with people you do not normally meet
  • NHS Covid Pass  - proof of full vaccination or a recent negative lateral flow test - will no longer to mandatory for entry to nightclubs and other large venues. Venues can still use the NHS Covid Pass if they wish

You are still legally required to self-isolate if you test positive for Covid. 

For more information please read England to return to Plan A following the success of the booster programme on (opens in a new window).

Changes to self-isolation 

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 (opens in a new window).

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 Covid
  • 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.