Covid-19 restrictions have been put in place to respond to the Omicron variant to slow its arrival and spread.
- Wearing a face covering
Face coverings must now be worn in shops and shopping centres, in transport hubs and on public transport.
It is important to think about your surroundings; for instance if you are in any other busy, indoor space - we recommend you continue to wear a face covering to protect yourself and those around you from Covid-19.
If you are in a crowded outdoor space and unable to maintain social distance from others, please also consider wearing a face covering.
Remember: if someone else is feeling anxious or concerned about Covid-19, wearing a face covering might give them more confidence
- International Travel
Changes have also been made to internal travel. Everyone entering the UK will have to take a PCR test by the end of the second day after their arrival and self-isolate until they receive a negative result.
For further information please visit: Coronavirus: how to stay safe and help prevent the spread - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
Changes to self-isolation
From Monday 16 August the rules on self-isolating as a contact (of someone that has tested positive for Covid-19) have changed for people who are fully vaccinated and for under 18s - unless people have been identified as being in contact with someone with the Omicron variant.
If you are informed by Test and Trace that you have been in contact with a suspected Omicron case, you must self-isolate, regardless of whether or not you are fully vaccinated.
For other Covid-19 variants - fully vaccinated adults who received their second dose at least 14 days prior and those under 18 will no longer need to self-isolate if they are identified as a close contact of someone with Covid, as long as they don't have symptoms. Instead they will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace and advised to take a PCR test.
As double jabbed people identified as close contacts are still at risk of being infected, people are advised to consider other precautions such as wearing a face covering in enclosed spaces, and limiting contact with other people, especially with anyone who is clinically extremely vulnerable.
Those not fully vaccinated will still need to isolate if they are identified as close contacts, and everyone will still have to isolate if they test positive, to protect themselves and others.
Wash your hands
This is another positive action we should all continue to do. Washing your hands regularly with soap and warm water for 20 seconds or using hand sanitiser will help to reduce the spread of the virus.
Protect yourself and others by getting jabbed
The vaccination remains our best defence against Covid-19. The vaccine is now available for people aged over 12. You will need two jabs, given eight weeks apart, to get the full protection. People aged over 18 can get a booster jab three months after their second dose. This is something we can all do to keep our city safe.
People are advised to book appointments online via the national booking link here.
Make sure you’re clear of Covid-19: take a test
Taking a regular Covid-19 test will give you a quick indication that you are free from the virus. This is important even if you have already been vaccinated.
You can take regular twice weekly tests yourself at home or at a local testing site. They are usually called Lateral Flow Tests. Find out how to get the testing packs here.
It is really important to remember to take test before you enter a high risk situation. A high risk situation are instances such a crowded, enclosed space or where there is limited fresh air. It is also important to take a test before visiting people who are at higher risk of serious illness if they catch Covid-19.
Feeling unwell? Make sure it’s not Covid-19
If you’re feeling groggy or unwell, it’s important to make sure it’s not Covid-19. No matter how mild, it is worth booking an official test. These are usually called PCR tests. The symptoms to look out for in particular are:
- a high temperature
- a new, continuous cough
- you’ve lost your sense of smell or taste or it’s changed
If you have symptoms, you and everyone you live with must immediately self-isolate. You can order a PCR test kit to be sent to your home or book an appointment at a walk-in or drive-through test site.
Help your city
It is important that everyone in Nottingham continues to work together to stay safe from Covid-19. We should continue to do everything we can to protect ourselves and others. Let’s keep our city safe. Be cautious and please take care of yourself and others.