Coronavirus - Official information and advice


Latest official advice 5 January 2021 - national lockdown - stay at home.

England is now in national lockdown which means you should stay at home except for limited reasons for information visit GOV.UK National Lockdown Stay Home

Advice and guidance is available for those who are clinically extremely vulnerable. For January national lockdown Clinically Extremely Vulnerable people will once again be recommended to shield. A letter will be sent shortly from the Government to those who are requested to shield. More information can be found here GOV.UK coronavirus protecting people more at risk webpage.

Report a business breaching COVID-19 restrictions

If you are concerned that a Surrey business is not following Government regulations, you can report the issue using our online form.

Latest Surrey response to Coronavirus

Surrey News is the news hub for Surrey County Council it has all the latest news on Surrey's response to Coronavirus including information on the daily data dashboard visit Surrey News.

What is coronavirus?

Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan City, China. The 2019 novel coronavirus has been spreading since it was first reported in December 2019.

Symptoms include fever and respiratory symptoms including coughing and shortness of breath. Generally, coronavirus can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease.

More information on coronavirus including the latest NHS information, advice and guidance can be found on the NHS Coronavirus (COVID-19) webpage.

NHS COVID19 App what it does

The new NHS COVID19 App launches on 24 September. For more information watch the NHS video or visit the NHS COVID 19 App webpages for further explanation.

Depending on your mobile device, visit the App Store or Google Play Store and search NHS COVID 19 app to download.

Official health information

There is lots of misinformation being shared about coronavirus, the following organisations are providing regular official information and updates both on their websites and via social media.

Other official guidance

Coronavirus testing

Please see our coronavirus testing page for details on how to book a test and information on NHS Test and Trace.



  • Government have issued some guidance regarding funerals.
  • To ensure that organisations managing funerals are able to cope with the increased number of deaths, it is important that funerals are not delayed.
  • An information and advice leaflet for the bereaved in Surrey can be downloaded below.

Overseas Travel

From 4am on 18 January 2021, if you do not present proof of a negative coronavirus (COVID-19) test result, you may not be able to board to travel to England, and could be fined £500 on arrival into England.

If you are arriving in England before 4am on 18 January 2021, you are under no legal obligation to get a coronavirus test before you travel. You should not be denied boarding for failing to provide proof of a negative test result, and will not be fined on arrival into England. We still encourage you to get a test if possible.

Find out more about coronavirus testing for people travelling to England.



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