Information on Coronavirus (Covid-19)

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Tier 2 restrictions begin

Updated 2 December 2020

People across Peterborough face new public health restrictions from today.

Yesterday, MPs approved plans for Tier 2 restrictions to come into force.

It means everyone in our area will have to follow new rules limiting what they can safely do - including no mixing of households indoors and a rule of six outside. 

Before lockdown, our area was in Tier 1. However, most areas across England are in the second tier which is for areas with a higher or rapidly rising level of infections.

Our tier group will be reviewed every two weeks - the next time is on 17 December.

From today, the new rules include

  • Indoors: no socialising with anyone you do not live with or who is not in your support bubble.
  • Outside (gardens and public spaces): groups of up to six people
  • Everyone who can work from home should do so
  • Businesses and venues can stay open if Covid safe but nightclubs are closed
  • Pubs and bars can open if they serve substantial meals
  • Weddings and funerals can go ahead but there is a maximum of 15 people at weddings and 30 at funerals.
  • Everyone must wear a face covering in most indoor public settings, unless they have an exemption

  • Follow the rules on meeting others safely

Find out more

Updated guidance for people at high risk

There is updated guidance on keeping safe for people who are clinically extremely vulnerable and who have previously been shielding.

In addition to Tier 2 rules, you are advised to

  • Keep the number of different people you meet with consistently low. The fewer people you meet, the less likely you are to catch COVID-19.
  • Continue to go outside because of the benefits of exercise. If you do choose to meet other households outside of your support bubble, this must be outside, must be in groups of less than 6 people and we advise you to keep the numbers low.
  • The more you socially distance from others, including your own household, the less likely you are to catch COVID-19. You should always stay at least 2 metres away from other people visiting your home.
  • Significantly reduce your shopping trips including to pharmacies. Where possible, you should consider shopping online. If you do need to go to the shops, try to do so at quieter times and maintain strict social distancing.
  • Ask people in your household or support bubble to collect food and medicines for you.

Find out more

Support bubbles expanded

From 2 December you can form a support bubble with another household if:

  • You are the only adult in your household – any other members of the household having been under 18 on 12 June 2020 – or are an under-18-year-old living alone.
  • You live with someone with a disability who requires continuous care and there is no other adult living in the household
  • You live with a child who is under 1, or who was under 1 on 2 December 2020
  • You live with a child who is under 5, or who was under 5 on 2 December 2020, with a disability.

More about support bubbles 

Need help and support?

Peterborough City Council has a community hub in place to help you access, medicine, befriending services or assistance with things like dog walking. Click the link below to find out how to get help and also make contact with a support group in your community.

Get help

If you think you might have coronavirus


  • A high temperature

  • A new, continuous cough
  • Loss or change in sense of smell or taste

What to do if you have these symptoms

If you have any of the main symptoms of coronavirus:

  1. Get a test to check if you have coronavirus as soon as possible.
  2. Stay at home and do not have visitors until you get your test result – only leave your home to have a test.

Anyone you live with, and anyone in your support bubble, must also stay at home until you get your result.

Find out more 

Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:

  • you're not sure what to do
  • you're worried about your symptoms

Use the NHS Coronavirus service

Call 111 if you cannot get help online. Do not go to places like a GP surgery, hospital or pharmacy.

How to self isolate if you or someone in your house has coronavirus

If you have symptoms or have tested positive for coronavirus (high temperature, a new, continuous cough or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste) you'll need to self-isolate for at least 10 days.

But you'll usually need to self-isolate for 14 days if:

  • You live with others who have tested positive for coronavirus, or have coronavirus symptoms. 
  • Someone in your support bubble has symptoms or has tested positive.
  • You're told by NHS Test and Trace that you've been in touch with a person with coronavirus.  

For more information about when to self isolate and what this means for families visit the Government website.

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How to avoid catching or spreading germs


  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze.

  • Put used tissues in the bin straight away.

  • Wash your hands with soap and water often, and for 20 seconds – use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.

  • Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell.

  • Wear a face covering when you are on public transport, visiting hospital, out shopping, or are unable to maintain a 2 metre distance from people.


  • Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.

How to wash your hands properly

Getting tested for Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Read our guidance on coronavirus testing in Peterborough, including who is eligible for a test, how to get tested and the different types of test available.

Read more

Face masks - when to wear one

To find out which settings require you to wear a face mask click the link below.

You do not need to wear a face covering if you have a legitimate reason not to. This includes (but is not limited to):

  • young children under the age of 11 (Public Health England do not recommended face coverings for children under the age of 3 for health and safety reasons)
  • not being able to put on, wear or remove a face covering because of a physical or mental illness or impairment, or disability
  • if putting on, wearing or removing a face covering will cause you severe distress
  • if you are traveling with or providing assistance to someone who relies on lip reading to communicate
  • to avoid harm or injury, or the risk of harm or injury, to yourself or others
  • to avoid injury, or to escape a risk of harm, and you do not have a face covering with you
  • to eat or drink if reasonably necessary
  • in order to take medication
  • if a police officer or other official requests you remove your face covering

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Further information

NHS England had produced a list of common questions about coronavirus, covering advice for you and your family, how it's caught and spread, prevention, self-isolation, testing and treatment and foreign travel. 

NHS common questions

Other places for information:

How services are changing because of Covid-19

Read our advice and guidance on coronavirus and find out how services are changing to meet people's needs. 

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