Coronavirus (COVID-19) - get the latest government advice
We're all playing our part in stopping coronavirus.
Our lives are starting to return to something more like normal.
Lockdown restrictions are gradually easing. Our workplaces, transport, shops, schools and places of worship are safely reopening.
But the risks of coronavirus are not over.
We all need to continue to do our bit by acting responsibly and following the guidelines.
Brighter days are coming. We need to get there together.
Staying safe together
Thanks to our efforts together to slow the spread of coronavirus, we are now less likely to encounter the virus when we leave our homes. This means businesses are reopening and we can start to socialise more regularly.
But continuing to follow the guidance is vital for keeping ourselves, our friends and our families as safe as possible. By doing so, we will keep protecting our communities and our NHS.
This means continuing to:
- keep a safe distance from people you do not live with or who are not in your 'support bubble' - this still means 2 metres apart where possible
- wash your hands regularly
- not leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms
Remember, the more people you have interactions with, the more chance the virus has to spread.
Therefore, try to limit the number of people you see - especially over short periods of time.
Some frequently asked questions on what you should and shouldn't do are available on the government website.
Keep Safe has produced easy read information on coronavirus.
Doctors of the World and the British Red Cross have versions of the Government’s written advice in many languages.
Videos in languages other than English are also available.
If you are ‘extremely vulnerable’ or ‘shielding’
People who are clinically extremely vulnerable are at high risk of getting seriously ill from coronavirus (COVID-19). If this includes you, you should have received advice from your GP or hospital clinician or through a letter.
You can protect yourself by 'shielding'.
The advice on what this involves is changing as the risks of encountering coronavirus in our communities reduces.
If you are 'shielding' you are now able to:
- spend time outdoors in a group of up to 6 people, including with those from outside of your household, while keeping a safe distance
- if you live on your own or are a single parent of a child or children aged under 18 - form a ‘support bubble’ with one other household. This means you can spend time together inside each other’s homes, including overnight, without needing to socially distance
Full information is available on the government's coronavirus website.
Further changes are due to come into effect on Saturday 1 August. For details of these changes, see the government announcement.
You can also access easy read information on 'shielding' from Keep Safe.
NHS test and trace
Order a test and do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms.
A high temperature, a new, continuous cough or change / loss to your sense of taste or smell are the main symptoms of coronavirus.
As soon as you develop these symptoms:
- you must self-isolate for at least 7 days
- anyone else in your household must self-isolate for 14 days
This means staying at home. Do not go outside your home for any reason - i.e. to work, school, or public areas. Do not use public transport or taxis.
You should order a test immediately:
- at nhs.uk/coronavirus
- by calling 119 if you have no internet access
If your test is positive:
- you and people in your household must complete the remainder of your self-isolation periods
- the NHS test and trace service will contact you with instructions on how to share details of people with whom you have had close, recent contact and places you have visited
By playing your part through these actions, you will directly help to reduce the spread of coronavirus. This means we will return life more to normal, in a way that is safe and protects our NHS and social care.
Further information is available on the NHS test and trace guidance web page.
Easy read information on 'what if you get ill?' and 'how to get a test' is available from Keep Safe.
Safely Reopening Greater Manchester
Our city region-wide campaign is helping all of our employers and employees get the information they need to work and travel safely.
You can find out more by visiting the 'Reopening' section of this website.
If you are a business or employer, you can jump straight to the latest information by visiting the Growth Company Business Growth Hub.
For the latest news on how we're safely reopening our transport, visit Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) Safely Reopening Greater Manchester webpage.