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The Health Secretary has set out the next steps in the fight against Coronavirus. See the press conference at Youtube: Coronavirus press conference (19 January 2022).

How to protect yourself and others from coronavirus


We can all continue to do our bit to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

The government has introduced new guidance in response to the risks of the Omicron variant - see Gov.uk: Coronavirus - how to stay safe and help prevent the spread. This means:

  • face coverings in most indoor settings is now required by law
  • those who can work from home should do so from Monday 13 December
  • from 15 December, certain venues and events will be required by law to check that all visitors aged 18 years or over are fully vaccinated, have proof of a negative test in the last 48 hours, or have an exemption 

In addition to the new guidance, we can continue to do our bit to prevent the spread of coronavirus and to protect ourselves, our families and our community. You can do this by:

  • washing your hands regularly or use hand sanitiser
  • keeping a safe distance from other people
  • meeting outdoors or open windows and doors if meeting indoors

Babies and children under the age of three should not wear face coverings as they could cause choking or suffocation.

What to do if you think you have coronavirus

If you, or a member of your household, has symptoms of coronavirus you must stay at home and arrange to get a test:

  • a new continuous cough
  • a high temperature
  • a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell

There are several other symptoms linked with Covid-19. These other symptoms may have another cause and are not on their own a reason to have a Covid-19 test. If you are concerned about your symptoms, seek medical advice.

See Get a coronavirus test and Get help if you're self-isolating

What to do if you're at high risk from coronavirus

See our Advice if you're at high risk from coronavirus (clinically extremely vulnerable) page.

Government guidance 

Ask a question

If this page doesn't answer your question, you can use our COVID-19 general enquiry form and we will get back to you with a response as soon as possible.

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