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What are the new government guidelines regarding the coronavirus?

Published: 14 May 2020

Coronavirus: what you can and can't do

Please see the coronavirus outbreak questions and answers: what you can and can't do webpage on the GOV.UK website, to find out about the latest guidelines from the government regarding.

In order to control the virus and protect each other we need to:-

  • If you have symptoms get tested
  • Share your contacts if you test positive
  • Self isolate when alerted by Test and Trace
  • Keep your distance if you go out (two metres apart where possible)
  • Work from home if you can
  • Wear face coverings where appropriate
  • Wash your hands regularly

And if you or anyone in your home has symptoms then don't leave the house.

Changes to lockdown

  • Up to six people can meet outdoors who aren't members of your household – you can travel by car to meet up with them, but social distancing of two metres apart still applies
  • You can exercise outside for as long as you like
  • You can now use outdoor sports courts or facilities, such as a tennis or basketball court, or a golf course, with members of your household, or one other person who isn't part of your household, while staying two metres apart.
  • Shops and garden centres are now open.
  • If you are over 70 the advice is you should still minimise contact with others outside your household
  • Before you travel on public transport, consider if your journey is necessary and if you can, stay local. You are required to wear a face mask when using public transport. Can you walk or cycle to where you need to get to? Or stay at home?

Test and Trace in Surrey

Now anyone who has symptoms of Coronavirus can be tested. If you test positive you are encouraged to share contacts of those you've been in close proximity with, who will then be alerted by NHS Test and Trace and advised to self isolate. By playing your part we can #KeepSurreySafe and #ProtectOthers and return to normal life as quickly as possible. More information on testing is on the Coronavirus Testing pages.

Surrey County Council services

At Surrey County Council we will be reviewing the latest guidelines and as more and more services are reopened, such as community recycling centres and countryside car parks, we will ensure that we are putting measures in place to protect the safety of you and our staff. You can find up-to-date information on the Surrey County Council web pages here: community recycling centres and countryside car parks.

Other services will start to reopen but some may be experiencing backlogs so please bear with us at this time.

With the work of the Surrey Local Resilience Forum we will continue to support those who are Extremely Vulnerable who have now been asked to shield until the end of June. For guidance on shielding and protecting extremely vulnerable people visit the GOV.UK website.

The Community Helpline is available is anyone is struggling to get out to collect shopping, prescriptions or just needs someone to chat to 0300 200 1008 Monday to Friday 8am - 6pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am - 12pm.

Latest Coronavirus information in Surrey

Please continue to visit our coronavirus webpage which has Surrey related information, including how to get help, advice and support, information on council services available, schools, testing, mental health and wellbeing, how businesses can get involved and much more.

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