Government guidance is to continue safer behaviours to protect yourself and others:
- Get vaccinated and get your booster dose.
- Wear a face covering in most indoor public places and on public transport.
- Let fresh air in if you meet indoors. Meeting outdoors is safer.
- Get tested and self-isolate if required.
Masks are not needed in hospitality settings such as pubs or restaurants, nor in venues where it is “not practical to wear them”, such as where exercise or singing takes place.
From 19 January, you are no longer asked to work from home if you can.
From 20 January, staff and pupils in secondary schools and colleges are not required to wear a face covering in classrooms.
From 27 January, you will not be required to wear a face covering, but the government suggests you continue to wear one in crowded and indoor spaces where you may come into contact with people you do not normally meet.
The BBC continue to update a helpful summary of COVID-19 guidance and measures.
Communities in the Wiveliscombe and 10 Parishes area have done a great job in helping people stay safe. Please continue to look after yourselves and others too.
Government: Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance and support, including vaccination, staying safe, testing, self-isolating, travel, long COVID, self-employment and business support, work and benefits, schools, universities and childcare.
Somerset Coronavirus Support Helpline – 0300 790 6275 for Coronavirus-related support from Somerset West and Taunton Council and Somerset County Council. Open 8am-6pm, 7 days a week. Council advice and information is also online – see below.
Somerset NHS – Covid-19 vaccinations in Somerset
NHS advice on Coronavirus (COVID-19): www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19
Lister House Surgery: Covid 19 information
Mental health information from Somerset County Council (looking after your emotional health, wellbeing and safety): www.somerset.gov.uk/coronavirus/covid-19-mental-health-information
Mindline Somerset – Coronavirus emotional support helpline available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from Mind in Somerset on 01823 276 892
Somerset West and Taunton Council advice online advice and support: www.somersetwestandtaunton.gov.uk/coronavirus
Somerset Waste Partnership on disposing of waste for anyone with symptoms of coronavirus: www.somersetwaste.gov.uk/coronavirus
Somerset County Council: Latest Coronavirus updates on schools, early years childcare, travel, testing, advice for vulnerable people, health and well-being and lots more.
Somerset County Council services affected by the Coronavirus: www.somerset.gov.uk/covid-19-our-affected-services
BBC website is good for answering questions and providing the latest news: www.bbc.co.uk/news/explainers
UPDATED 19 January 2022
I will continue to update this list with important and reliable sources of advice. Please contact me if you need any additional help and I will do my best to assist.