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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

England is now in a national lockdown.

You must stay at home. The single most important action we can all take is to stay at home to protect the NHS and save lives.

You should follow this guidance immediately. The law will be updated to reflect these new rules.

You must not leave, or be outside of your home except where necessary. You may leave the home to:

  • shop for basic necessities, for you or a vulnerable person
  • go to work, or provide voluntary or charitable services, if you cannot reasonably do so from home
  • exercise with your household (or support bubble) or one other person, this should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area.
  • meet your support bubble or childcare bubble where necessary, but only if you are legally permitted to form one
  • seek medical assistance or avoid injury, illness or risk of harm (including domestic abuse)
  • attend education or childcare - for those eligible

You cannot leave your home to meet socially with anyone you do not live with or are not in a support bubble with (if you are legally permitted to form one).

You may exercise on your own, with one other person, or with your household or support bubble.

You should not meet other people you do not live with, or have formed a support bubble with, unless for a permitted reason.

More details can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/national-lockdown-stay-at-home

Support for businesses

Ashfield businesses and self-employed people can get Coronavirus (COVID-19) support as well as advice to help keep your business and employees safe. You can find more on our support for business page

Ashfield Community Hub

Nottinghamshire County Council is co-ordinating efforts across the city and county to link those who need help with organisations which can support them. 

If you are staying at home because you or someone in your house has coronavirus symptoms and need urgent help 0300 500 8080 between 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday for guidance and support. 

Get more advice and help through the Nottinghamshire County Council coronavirus community support hub (external link)

What to do if you have symptoms

The most important symptoms of coronavirus are recent onset of any of the following: 

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

For most people coronavirus will be a mild illness. 

Self-isolation and contact with others

If you have any symptoms you must stay at home and isolate for 10 days. 

Anyone you live with must stay at home and isolate for 10 days after you get ill, even if they stay well. If they become ill they must isolate for 10 days from that point regardless of when their 10 days isolation started.

You should consider letting anyone you had close contact with in the 48 hours before you became ill know you have symptoms. 

There is more information on self-isolation (external link) on the NHS website. 

Arranging a coronavirus test

While self-isolating at home you should arrange for a test to check if you have the virus. You can arrange a Coronavirus test (external link) through the NHS website. 

Number of cases

The Department for Health and Social Care publishes daily statistics on the number of cases in the UK (external link)