This page has been designed to provide up-to-date information, guidance and advice with regards to Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Plans to simplify and standardise local rules through a three-tiered system of Local Covid Alert Levels have come into effect – ensuring we protect the NHS and its ability to respond to the pandemic and provide urgent care to those who need it. In the past four weeks, the number of Covid patients admitted to intensive care units in hospitals in some parts of the country has increased sevenfold. We must act now to control the spread of the virus and protect the NHS, so we can keep cancer treatments, elective surgeries and other vital diagnostic services going.
We have introduced a new system of Local Covid Alert Levels in England. Areas within England will be placed into medium, high and very high levels, and the Government is working with local leaders to decide which areas are covered by the very high alert level, and the appropriate interventions in those areas.
Help control the virus
To protect yourself and others, when you leave home you must:
- wash hands - keep washing your hands regularly
- cover face - wear a face covering over your nose and mouth in enclosed spaces
- make space - stay at least a metre away from people not in your household
If you are feeling unwell, get a test and do not leave home for at least 10 days.