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

Supporting you through Covid-19

Current guidance

England has moved to Plan B in response to the risks of the Omicron variant.

  • Get vaccinated and get your booster dose
  • Wear a face covering in most indoor public places and on public transport
  • Work from home, if you can
  • Let fresh air in if you meet indoors. Meeting outdoors is safer
  • Get tested and self-isolate if required

For further information on coronavirus and current restrictions, see

Find out how to stay safe and help prevent the spread of coronavirus.



The shielding programme has now ended in England. This means that people who were previously considered clinically extremely vulnerable will not be advised to shield in the future or follow specific national guidance.


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

The council are assisting 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

Book a test

Covid-19 Vaccine

South Ribble Together Community Hub

Business Support


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