Delta variant: latest information
It has been announced that west Cheshire will be given a national enhanced support package to boost existing local work to tackle a rapid increase in the new Delta variant of COVID-19.
This variant is more transmissible than previous variants and cases are rising in other areas of the north west, along with a growing list of areas across the country.
National support will complement and build on all the work we have already been doing and it also means that we should get extra support to deliver vaccinations and testing.
We should still keep to the current restriction rules until they are lifted.
GOV.UK - what you can and cannot do
To keep the spread of the virus in check get vaccinated as soon as you are eligible, and test twice a week using the free home kits (or by visiting a symptom free testing centre).
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Remember - hands, face, space and fresh air.
If you have COVID-19 symptoms, or show a positive LFT book in for a PCR test:
Advice within the borough
Meeting other people
Take care and meet outdoors rather than indoors where possible.
Hugging friends and family is allowed, but please consider the vulnerability of people you hug and the people they are in contact with.
If you do meet indoors:
- Keep the windows open and wipe surfaces clean regularly.
- Up to six people or two households can mix indoors.
- Up to six people or two households can stay overnight in somebody's home.
There is no travel ban, but people are asked to be careful.
Continue to work from home if you can.
Avoid car sharing with anyone from outside your household or your support bubble.
Continue to maintain hands, face, space and fresh air guidance.
Contact tracing and support to self-isolate
There is plenty of help and support available should you need to self isolate.
Self-isolation support and inspiration
Public health guidance
- Follow the rules about wearing a face covering in areas where it is compulsory.
- Stay two metres apart from anyone not in your household or support bubble.
- Where this is not possible, stay one metre apart with extra precautions like wearing a face covering.
- Wash your hands regularly and for at least 20 seconds.
Schools and colleges
Pupils in year seven and above in schools and colleges should continue to wear face coverings whilst indoors in classrooms and communal areas.
Pupils in year seven and above should continue to home test twice a week using Lateral Flow Device tests, even during school holidays.
Read more COVID-19 guidance on the GOV.UK website.
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