Information on Coronavirus

Read the latest advice and information from NHS England and Public Health England about the Coronavirus.
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For the most up to date information about COVID-19 be sure to check 

Correct as of 05/01/2021 11:00am 

National lockdown - stay at home 

As a result of rapidly rising cases of coronavirus, the Government has announced a national lockdown across England. This means you should not leave home except when necessary. 

You may leave home to:

  • shop for basic necessities, for you or a vulnerable person 
  • go to work, or provide voluntary or charitable services, if you cannot reasonably do so from home 
  • exercise with your household (or support bubble) or one other person, this should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area. 
  • meet your support bubble or childcare bubble where necessary, but only if you are legally permitted to form one. 
  • seek medical assistance or avoid injury, illness or risk of harm (including domestic abuse)
  • attend education or childcare - for those eligible

Colleges, primary and secondary schools will remain open only for vulnerable children and the children of critical workers. All other children will learn remotely until February half term. Early Years settings remain open. 

Higher Education provision will remain online until mid February for all except future critical worker courses. 

If you are clinically extremely vulnerable you should only go out for medical appointments, exercise or if it is essential. You should not attend work. 

Naturally, this will be challenging for all of us, but it is key that we follow these guidelines to reduce the spread of the virus and protect our loved ones. Financial, physical and mental health support is available for those that need it.

Let's continue to work together to keep Sutton safe.  

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If you think you might have coronavirus 


  • A high temperature 
  • A new, continuous cough 
  • Loss or change in sense of smell or taste

What to do if you have these symptoms 

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. You should stay at home and self-isolate. 

Only call 111 if you cannot get help online. 

You must get a test. Find out more and book.

Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:

  • You feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
  • Your condition gets worse
  • Your symptoms do not get better after 7 days 

Use the 111 coronavirus service 

How to self isolate if you or someone in your house has coronavirus 

If you have symptoms of coronavirus you should stay home and self isolate. What this means is you should not leave your house, even to do shopping, to avoid spreading the virus.

If you live alone, you should stay at home for 10 days from when your symptoms started. If you live with others, then you must stay at home for seven days from when your symptoms started. However, everyone else in the household who is well must stay at home and not leave for 14 days.

For more information about when to self-isolate and what this means for families visit the Government website. 

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How to avoid catching or spreading germs 


  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze. 
  • Put used tissues in the bin straight away. 
  • Wash your hands with soap and water often - use hand sanitser gel if soap and water are not available. 
  • Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell. 


  • Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean. 
Hand washing: how to wash your hands properly

Advice for people at high risk 

The government has advised the clinically extremely vulnerable to begin shielding again, and letters will be sent to individuals with advice on what this means for them. 

Face masks - when to wear one 

To find out which settings require you to wear a face mask click the link below. 

You do not need to wear a face covering if you have a legitimate reason not to. This includes (but is not limited to): 

  • young children under the age of 11 (Public Health England do not recommend face coverings for children under the age of 3 for health and safety reasons) 
  • not being able to put on, wear or remove a face covering because of a physical or mental illness or impairment, or disability. 
  • if putting on, wear or remove a face covering will cause you severe distress. 
  • if you are travelling with or providing assistance to someone who relies on lip reading to communicate
  • to avoid harm or injury, or the risk of harm or injury, to yourself or others 
  • to avoid injury, or to escape a risk of harm, and you do not have a face covering with you 
  • to eat or drink if reasonably necessary 
  • in order to take medication 
  • if a police officer or other official requests you remove your face covering

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Getting tested for Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Guidance on coronavirus testing, including who is eligible for a test, how to get tested and the different types of test available on the Government's website. 

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Further information 

NHS England had produced a list of common questions about coronavirus, covering advice for you and your family, how it's caught and spread, prevention, self-isolation, testing and treatment and foreign travel. 

NHS common questions

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