Information on Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Read the latest advice and information from NHS England and Public Health England about the Coronavirus
graphic about third Covid lockdown
Information correct as of 23 February 2021

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National lockdown: Stay at Home

We are currently in a national lockdown and everyone needs to follow the ‘stay at home’ rules.

You must stay at home unless you have a reasonable excuse, for example, for work or education purposes. You can leave to:

  • Shop for basic necessities
  • Go to work (if you cannot do so from home)
  • Exercise once a day with your household, support bubble or one other person
  • Get medical help
  • Attend education or childcare (if eligible).

Schools and colleges are open only for vulnerable children and the children of critical workers.

The ‘stay at home’ rule will end on 29 March but many restrictions will remain in place.

Read the full guidance

'Road map' out of lockdown

On Tuesday 22 February, the Prime Minister set the ‘roadmap’ out of lockdown. And from 8 March people will see restrictions start to lift as part of a four step plan.

There will be a minimum of five weeks between each step so that the scientists and the government can make sure that it is safe to move to the next step. 

 The decision will be based on four test which include:

  • the vaccine roll out continues successfully
  • evidence shows vaccines are working to reduce hospital admissions and deaths from Covid-19 in vaccinated people
  • there is not a surge in Covid cases which would put too much pressure on the NHS;
  • the risks are not changed because of new variants of concern. 

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Advice on shielding

People who are at high risk of coronavirus and clinically extremely vulnerable have been advised to shield until 31 March 2021. This means you should go out only for medical appointments, exercise or if it is essential.

And some people are being added to the shielded patients list. If you have been added - this is because you have been identified through the Covid 19 Population Risk Assessment as being at high risk of serious illness if you catch Covid 19. 

You are advised to follow the government's shielding advice for people who are extremely clinically vulnerable.

Read the guidance

Support bubbles expanded

You can form a support bubble with another household if:

  • you live by yourself – even if carers visit you to provide support
  • you are the only adult in your household who does not need continuous care as a result of a disability
  • your household includes a child who is under the age of one or was under that age on 2 December 2020
  • your household includes a child with a disability who needs continuous care and is under the age of 5, or was under that age on 2 December 2020
  • you are aged 16 or 17 living with others of the same age and without any adults

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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Covid-19 vaccine

The NHS is working hard to roll out the Covid-19 vaccination programme - the biggest it has ever undertaken - at the same time as continuing to be there for everyone who needs care.

Find out more about the vaccine roll out and what you need to do to get protected.

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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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