Cheshire West and Chester Council continues to see high rates of COVID-19 across the borough.
To keep the spread of the virus in check get fully vaccinated as soon as you are eligible, and test twice a week by visiting a symptom free testing centre or using free home kits. Also test yourself before going into crowded areas such as pubs, supermarkets, shopping centres and supermarkets.
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Remember - hands, face, space and fresh air.
If you have COVID-19 symptoms, isolate immediately and book a PCR test:
Advice within the borough
New Government restrictions came into place on 10 December.
It is now a legal requirement to wear a face covering in a wide range of indoor public spaces, including shops, cinemas, theatres and on public transport in England.
People living in, working in and visiting west Cheshire are advised to:
- Get fully vaccinated - it’s shown to be safe and effective against the virus, including new variants, and is the best way to keep yourself from getting seriously ill. It also reduces the risk of passing the virus on to someone else
- Be kind and considerate of others who may be feeling extremely nervous about COVID-19
- Continue wearing face coverings in crowded indoor areas where social distancing cannot be followed, such as supermarkets and on public transport, in health and social care settings, such as hospitals, care homes and GP surgeries, and where it would make others feel more comfortable
- Continue social distancing by not unnecessarily being in crowded areas and continuing to work from home if possible
- Try to meet others outside where possible
- Regularly ventilate your home particularly when you have visitors
- Continue to practice good hand hygiene, in particular hand washing
- Keep getting tested - everyone should undertake twice weekly rapid symptom free testing using Lateral Flow Tests (LFT). If people experience generally associated symptoms such as a headache, a stuffed or runny nose, tiredness or weakness, aches and pains, sore throat or diarrhoea, the Council advises that they should take a PCR test as a precaution. If people have any of the main symptoms of COVID-19 such as a high temperature, a new continuous cough or loss or change to their sense of smell or taste they must stay at home and book a PCR test.
If you live in the same household as someone with COVID-19, you are legally required to self-isolate unless you meet any of the following conditions:
- You are fully vaccinated. Fully vaccinated means you have had two doses of an approved vaccine such as Pfizer BioNTech, AstraZeneca or Spikevax (formerly Moderna). You are also fully vaccinated if you have had one dose of the single-dose Janssen vaccine
- You are below 18 years and six months old
- You have taken part in or are currently part of an approved COVID-19 vaccine trial
- You are not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons
- If you are aged five years and over and live in the same household as someone with COVID-19, and are not legally required to self-isolate, you are strongly advised to:
- Take an LFD test every day for seven days, or until 10 days after the household member who has COVID-19 started their self-isolation period if this is earlier
- Take this daily LFD test before you leave your home for the first time that day
- Self-isolation guidance.
Businesses and workplaces in west Cheshire are also asked to:
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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
Read more COVID-19 guidance on the GOV.UK website.
How to book a vaccine