North East Lincolnshire is in the national lockdown (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 can find full details of what you can and cannot do by visiting the Government website at www.gov.uk/guidance/national-lockdown-stay-at-home
Restrictions on leaving your home
You must not leave, or be outside of your home except where necessary. You may leave 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
Colleges, primary and secondary schools will stay open only for vulnerable children and the children of critical workers. All other children will learn remotely until February half term. Early Years settings remain open.
Higher Education provision will remain online until mid February for all except future critical worker courses.
If you do leave home for a permitted reason, you should always stay local. You may leave your local area for a legally permitted reason, such as for work.
If you are clinically extremely vulnerable you should only go out for medical appointments, exercise or if it is essential. You should not attend work
Restrictions on meeting other people
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.
Stay 2 metres apart from anyone not in your household.
Actions you can take to help
You will find lots of useful information in the following links about the virus, information about the current lockdown and important actions you can continue to take to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 when you do leave your home.
We can all continue to take the actions below:
- Keeping your distance. This means keeping 2 M between yourself and anyone you don't live with
- Paying attention to any COVID safe instructions you're given by staff at the place you're visiting
- Washing your hands often with soap and water and using hand sanitiser in shops etc.
- Wearing a face covering, if you're able, on public transport, healthcare settings, shops & where you can't keep a safe 2m from others. Some people genuinely can't cover their face and that's okay too. You can find out about exemptions to wearing a face covering and download a card that explains to people why you are not wearing one by visiting our face covering page.
- Being aware of symptoms and be prepared to self isolate and get a test.
- Ventilating your home and other indoor places by opening windows regularly
The following links will tell you more about the actions you need to take and give you information you need to know:
- Information about COVID vaccination
- What to do if you have symptoms
- Find out more about Testing and Tracing (this will take you to the relevent section of the NHS website)
- Information about face coverings
- Information about COVID-19 in North East Lincolnshire (this will take you to the relevent section of the North East Lincolnshire Council website)
- National information and guidance about COVID-19 (this will take you to the relevent section of the UK Government website)
- Information for clinically vulnerable people
- Information to help you recover if you have had COVID-19
- Information about COVID-19 and care homes
- Information about using pharmacies during the pandemic
Recovering from COVID-19
If you or someone you're caring for has had COVID-19 or you suspect the illness was COVID-19, please have a look at our recovering from coronavirus page. Alternatively, you can download a printable version of Recovering from Coronavirus (PDF). Even fit and healthy people may find it takes them longer to bounce back than after a normal viral infection such as flu, and there are steps you can take to help you on the road to recovery.
COVID-19 Vaccine and other scams
There are many scams going round to do with COVID-19 whether about the vaccination, testing or financial support. Please share this with your family and friends as anyone can become a target of scams.
Throughout this pandemic cyber criminals are preying on the fears people have of coronavirus and sending ‘phishing’ text messages that try and trick users into clicking on a bad link. Messages claim to be from a known entity, such as the NHS, the UK government or the NHS Test and Trace Service.
Further advice and information is available on how to protect yourself. You need to be able to spot a scam, verify the message and take action if you receive a scam text, phone call or email message. Find out more about COVID-19 scams on our Countering NHS Fraud web page