The government has removed remaining domestic restrictions in England.
From 24 February, if you test positive for COVID-19 you are advised to stay at home, but will no longer be required to self-isolate.
From 1 April, the Government will no longer provide free PCR and rapid lateral flow tests for the general public in England. There will be some limited ongoing free testing:
- limited PCR tests will be available for a small number of at-risk groups. National government will set out further details on which groups will be eligible.
- free PCR tests will remain available to social care staff
The Government is currently working with retailers and pharmacies to help establish the private market in testing.
There are still steps you can take to reduce the risk of catching and spreading COVID-19:
- Get vaccinated to reduce your risk of catching COVID-19 and becoming seriously ill, and to reduce the risk of spreading the virus to others
- let fresh air in if meeting indoors, or meet outside to disperse COVID-19 particles and reduce the risk of spreading the virus
- consider wearing a face covering in crowded, enclosed spaces
- get tested if you have COVID-19 symptoms, if you are positive stay at home and avoid contact with other people.
- try to stay at home if you don’t feel well.
- wash your hands regularly and follow advice to ‘Catch it, Bin it, Kill it’
If you do get COVID-19, please read the NHS guidance on How to look after yourself at home if you have coronavirus.
The NHS is offering new antibody and antiviral treatments to people with coronavirus who are at highest risk of becoming seriously ill. Read more about treatments for coronavirus on the NHS website.
Advice and guidance
Information specific to Worcestershire
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
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.