Coronavirus - National lockdown - stay at home
The government has announced a national lockdown starting from 5 January and lasting until at least the middle of February.
You must -
- stay at home and not leave unless 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
- stay two metres apart from anyone not in your household or bubble
- follow general social distancing guidance to keep everyone safe by -
- following the latest social distance guidance
- washing your hands regularly and thoroughly, with soap, for at least 20 seconds
- wearing a face covering when necessary
It is vital everyone understands and follows the rules around what we can and cannot do. You can find out more on the restrictions in place during national lockdown using the link below.
If you break the rules
The police can take action against you if you meet in larger groups. This includes breaking up illegal gatherings and issuing fines (fixed penalty notices).
You can be given a Fixed Penalty Notice of £200 for the first offence, doubling for further offences up to a maximum of £6,400. If you hold, or are involved in holding an illegal gathering of over 30 people, the police can issue fines of £10,000.
If you suspect somebody of being in breach of the government national lockdown please contact the Police on non emergency 101.
Making a difference
Take notice by recognising Coronavirus symptoms and the fact these could change. Currently symptoms are -
- high temperature
- new continuous cough
- loss or change of sense of smell or taste
- Take action by staying at home if you -
- or anyone in your household has symptoms
- find you have had contact with someone with Coronavirus symptoms
- are asked to
Anyone with symptoms must get a test as soon as possible.
Report concerns about a local business
Anyone can report concerns about potential breaches by businesses of the closure restrictions and social distancing during the pandemic or get advice on these matters.
Please provide details using the form below -
The Coronavirus Outbreak Prevention and Management Plan
This plan guides our work to prevent and contain outbreaks, it was approved by our Cabinet on Monday 27 July 2020.
The plan, developed by us and our local partners in the city, describes how Coronavirus will be controlled at a local level in Hull. It defines our role and how it will work with partners across the city to reduce risks of virus transmission, prevent outbreaks and deal with them when they occur.
The plan, which can be accessed above, was developed in response to the government transferring local responsibility for Coronavirus to councils and their partners. It explains who will lead the work and the organisations involved; places, people and situations which may be at greater risk; and what will happen when Hull has cases or outbreaks.
An elected-member led Hull Outbreak Control Engagement Board has been established, which will focus on engaging with local communities and partners.
A key element of prevention and management will be the NHS Test and Trace programme.
This is a government initiative intended to control and contain the spread of the virus by identifying people at high risk of having been exposed and ensuring they isolate.
Our local knowledge and expertise will be key in making sure everyone, particularly those who are vulnerable or marginalised, understands what they must do and is able to do it.
The responsibility of both ourselves and our partners involve overseeing the -
- contact tracing workforce
- managing complex cases and outbreaks
- utilising health protection and epidemiological staff
- supporting contact tracing and self-isolation for people who are homeless/rough sleepers or vulnerable
It will be involved where there are outbreaks within a particular setting (a school, care setting or other location).
Test and Trace
Test and Trace is intended to control and contain the spread of Coronavirus. It does this by identifying people at high risk of having been exposed to the virus and ensuring those people isolate to avoid spreading it further.
Anyone with Coronavirus symptoms of any age can and should now be tested. When someone tests positive they will be contacted and asked to isolate and to provide details of every person they have had close contact with during the time they have been infectious. This time period and how a ‘close contact’ is defined will be explained. Those contacts will also then get a text, email or phone call explaining that they are at risk of Coronavirus and must also isolate.
Anyone who has Coronavirus symptoms can now be tested, including people aged under five. The antigen (swab) test confirms whether someone has Coronavirus. There is also an antibody blood test (which can tell if someone has had the virus and recovered) now in the process of being rolled-out, though this is not part of the NHS Test and Trace programme.
The isolation period
The isolation period is 10 days from the most recent point of contact with the person infected with Coronavirus. What is classed as contact will be explained in any communication you receive should you be asked to isolate.
The latest advice from the World Health Organisation (WHO) is that there is no evidence to suggest having Coronavirus and recovering provides immunity, therefore you can be asked to isolate more than once.
Test and Trace Scam
There have been national reports of a Test and Trace scam, which asks for money. Genuine calls will never ask you for money, bank details or to download anything.