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Information, support and guidance about the ongoing covid-19 pandemic

Supporting you through Covid-19

Current guidance

Government has published information through the link below on the current guidelines from 19 July 2021

Hospitality Opening Guidance

Help and support if your business is affected by coronavirus (COVID-19) — Business owners can watch videos and register for free webinars to learn more about the support available to help deal with the economic impacts of coronavirus.

Nationwide measures from Thursday 5 January 2021.

Coronavirus remains a serious health risk. It's important to stay cautious and help protect yourself and others. In England:

  • Meet up outside or if you're indoors open windows or doors if you have visitors.
  • If you think you might have COVID-19 symptoms, take a PCR test and stay home.
  • Wear face coverings in crowded places to help protect others.
  • Check in with the NHS COVID-19 app when you're out.
  • Wash your hands regularly and for at least 20 seconds with soap.
  • Get vaccinated if you are 18 or over.


Lancashire to receive enhanced support

The county is getting enhanced support from central government to ramp up testing and offering the vaccine in more convenient locations in coronavirus hotspots.

Everyone over 16 is eligible to receive their first Covid jab.

Cases are rising rapidly in parts of Lancashire - driven by the Delta variant - mainly in the East but spreading in Central Lancashire and other parts of the county.

People are also being asked to be cautious and think about minimising travel where possible.

Everyone in Lancashire, including children, are now being strongly encouraged to take a Covid-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test, whether they are showing symptoms or not.

By using PCR testing, positive results can be sent for genomic sequencing at specialist laboratories, helping us to identify variant of concern (VOC) cases and their spread.

Anyone can book a free test online or by calling 119.

If you do not have symptoms, you should select the option that says they have been asked to carry out a test by their local authority.

Residents can also pick up a free PCR kit from a designated collection point or have a kit sent to their home.

People should continue to make use of free twice-weekly rapid tests, commonly known as lateral flow devices, alongside the PCR test as part of surge testing.


Find up to date guidance here



What can you do to reduce the spread

We all have a part to play to help tackle the virus.

South Ribble's rates are increasing and its more important than ever for our residents to still follow general Government guidance to help reduce the spread.

Using simple steps we can reduce our risk of infection and help protect ourselves, our families and our communities.

Hands - Wash your hands

We can all help combat the virus by washing our hands thoroughly and regularly for at least 20 seconds.

If this is not available, use hand sanitiser.

Face - Wear a face covering where prompted and applicable

Government advice on face coverings 

Face coverings and dementia

Space - Social distancing is key

Keeping your distance from people not in our households or our "bubbles".

Fresh air - if you're meeting people, stay outside

When a person infected with COVID-19 coughs, talks or breathes, they release droplets and aerosols which can be breathed in by another person. While larger droplets fall quickly to the ground, smaller droplets and aerosols containing the virus that causes COVID-19 can remain suspended in the air for some time indoors, especially if there is no ventilation.

NHS Test and Trace

From Wednesday 14th September, the council will begin to assist NHS Track and Trace by contacting individuals who need to self-isolate.

Find out more here

If you're told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace or the NHS COVID19 app:

  • self-isolate immediately
  • do not leave your home for any reason - if you need food or medicine, order it online or by phone, or ask friends and family to drop it off at your home
  • do not have visitors in your home, including friends and family - except for essential care
  • try to avoid contact with anyone you live with as much as possible
  • any people you live with and any people in your support bubble do not need to self-isolate if you do not have symptoms

Your self-isolation period includes the day you were last in contact with the person who tested positive and the next 10 full days.

If you live with someone at higher risk from coronavirus, try to arrange for them to stay with friends or family while you're self-isolating.

If you have to stay in the same home together, read about how to avoid spreading coronavirus to people you live with.

Test and Trace Support Payment

The test and trace support payment has been announced in response to feedback that some people were struggling to self-isolate due to financial constraints. It is to ensure that people on low incomes self-isolate when they test positive or are identified as a contact, and to encourage more people to get tested. This will help reduce the transmission of COVID-19 and avoid further restrictions, including local lockdowns.

More information and how to apply


More information

For up-to-date information about the coronavirus please visit:

The official Government website 

NHS website

The NHS Test and Trace service

More support and information

Guidance if you suspect you have Covid-19 and must isolate at home

Book a test

Covid-19 Vaccine

South Ribble Together Community Hub

Business Support


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