Guidance on protecting yourself and others from Covid-19 in North Yorkshire.
Keeping yourself and others safe
- getting vaccinated is the best line of defence - two doses offer much more protection than a single jab. Make sure you get both of you vaccine jabs as soon as you can
- knowing if we’re positive with Covid-19 gives us the power to protect those around us. Don't ignore the signs. If you have symptoms, no matter how mild, get a PCR test and follow self-isolating guidance
- around 1 in 3 people don't show any Covid symptoms but can still pass on the virus. Even if you don't have symptoms keep home testing regularly with a LFD test
- wearing a face covering reduces the risk to you and others, especially in crowded outdoor spaces, indoors with people you don't know and on public transport. Keep wearing your face covering
- consider limiting close contact with other people
- lots of fresh air reduces the risk of breathing in Covid particles. Meet outdoors if you can, open windows and doors if meeting inside to let in as much fresh air as possible
- keep making space between ourselves and others to reduce the risk of getting Covid
- wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds. Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
- some people may be more vulnerable to Covid or less confident of being outside now restrictions have been lifted. Be considerate and make space
- 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 immediately and wash your hands afterwards
- keep checking in with the NHS Test and Trace app so people can be alerted to possible cases and help stop the spread
- do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
- if you're contacted by NHS Test and Trace, by phone, email, text message or the app, follow the self-isolation period
Yes. You can continue to wear a face covering in any setting you choose. In some settings, face coverings are still being encouraged for example, in supermarkets and on public transport. However, wearing a face covering in indoor public places is no longer the law.
If you have any coronavirus symptoms, no matter how mild, you should get a PCR test and follow self-isolation guidance. The most common symptoms of Covid are a high temperature, loss or change to sense of smell or taste and a new continuous cough.
If you feel unwell but don’t have COVID-19 symptoms, or your COVID-19 test is negative, you may still have an illness which could be passed on to other people. Staying at home until you feel better reduces the risk that you will pass on an illness to your friends, colleagues, and others in your community. This will help reduce the burden on our health services.
Yes. If you have Covid-19 symptoms find your nearest symptomatic testing site, or call 119. If you don’t have symptoms, and would like to do a lateral flow (LFD) test, these are available from most pharmacies or you can order them online to be delivered to your door.
If you have symptoms, you need to have a PCR test. If you do not have symptoms, you can use a home lateral flow test. Find your nearest symptomatic testing site or call 119. Lateral flow tests are available from most pharmacies or you can order them online to be delivered to your door.
You should self-isolate if:
- you have any covid symptoms, no matter how mild
- you are waiting for the results of your PCR test
- you have tested positive for Covid and need to follow self-isolating guidance
- you have been informed that you are a contact of a person who has had a positive test
When self-isolating you must stay at home for the full 10 days and not leave the house apart from to get a PCR test. Do not go to work, school, or public areas, and do not use public transport or taxis.
Do not go outside even to buy food or other essentials, except in certain specific circumstances. Any exercise must be taken within your home, garden or private outdoor space.
It is very important that you follow this advice even if you feel well, as symptoms can take up to 10 days to appear from your last contact with the person who has tested positive for Covid-19. This will help protect your family, friends and the NHS.
Regular testing at home using a lateral flow device (LFD) is encouraged. These tests can detect if you are positive or negative for Covid-19. Following a positive result, you must self-isolate for 10 days and book a symptomatic PCR test at a local testing site. Lateral flow home test kits are easily available and free of charge. Lateral flow tests are available from most pharmacies or you can order them online to be delivered to your door.
NHS Test and Trace will get in touch with anyone who is a contact of someone who has tested positive for Covid-19 by text message, email, phone or the NHS Covid-19 app.
When this happens, you must stay at home and complete 10 full days isolation, and arrange to have a PCR test. If your test if positive, you will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace to establish who you may have been in contact with to avoid further spread of the virus.
You should arrange to have a test as soon as possible within your 10-day isolation period. You can order a PCR home test kit or book an appointment at a local test site.
From 16 August there will be changes to close contact testing and isolation for those who have had both doses of the vaccine.
Yes, and it is expected to continue until September 2021. People who test positive or are identifies as a close contact, cannot work from home whilst self-isolating and would experience financial hardships, may be eligible for the £500 support payment from their local authority. Find out if you are eligible and apply for the payment from your local district council:
Yes, there may be times when you could be asked to keep space between yourself and others. This would be for your own safety and the safety of those around you.
While venues no longer legally require you to check in using the NHS Test and Trace App you should continue using it wherever possible. Using the QR code helps the NHS Test & Trace service reduce the risk of any further spread of the virus.
It is no longer a legal requirement to work from home, however a lot of workplaces have adapted their ways of working. If you are concerned about returning to the office speak to your manager or colleagues and let them know of any concerns you may have. All businesses have access to 'Working Safely’ guidance, providing examples of sensible precautions employers can take to reduce risk in the workplace.
The following links provide helpful information about concerns many of us may have: