Coronavirus (COVID-19) latest information and guidance

Although many restrictions are no longer a legal requirement, COVID-19 has not gone away. There are some simple actions we can all do to keep on protecting each other:

  • wash hands - keep washing your hands regularly
  • cover face - wear a face covering over your nose and mouth in enclosed spaces
  • make space - stay at least a metre away from people not in your household
  • fresh air - if meeting others indoors, improve ventilation by letting some fresh air in.

If you develop symptoms, self-isolate and get a test. 

Read more about what you can and cannot do.

Further information and guidance

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance and support - Find information on coronavirus, including guidance, support, announcements and statistics.

Information about Covid-19 in North Cumbria - NHS North Cumbria CCG website provides details on testing sites, vaccines, FAQs, videos and more.

COVID-19 information from your local NHS.

Report an outbreak in your business

There is no requirement to report workplace outbreaks of respiratory infections to your local public health team however, Cumbria's Public Health team are still interested in Covid-19 outbreaks across all settings and would welcome your support to understand ongoing spread and management of Covid-19. Therefore, if you experience high levels of people with respiratory symptoms in your workplace or you have more than two employees that have had a positive Lateral Flow Test and you require support or advice, please complete the online form.

Supporting your employees to get vaccinated:

How to get a vaccination

Every person over 16 now can get a COVID-19 booster vaccine, because two doses does not give you enough protection against catching any new variants of coronavirus. We are urging employers to encourage employees to get their booster, or their first or second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine if they haven't yet had it. Businesses play a vital role in helping to support their staff in getting their vaccines.

What can employers do to encourage employees to get their vaccines:

  • Be as flexible as possible when it comes to staff getting their vaccines, which could include giving paid time off work for employees to attend their vaccination appointment
  • Use the campaign resources to run awareness campaigns in your organisation and provide employees with access to reliable and accurate information about the vaccines
  • Urge staff to be cautious of misinformation and encourage them to use trusted sources like the NHS if they are searching for information about the vaccine
  • Create employee advocates by encouraging staff to discuss their vaccine experiences and share accurate information with colleagues, family and friends

Useful websites