A new national lockdown is now in place across England. You must stay at home and follow the national rules and restrictions. Find out what this means and what rules to follow at gov.uk. Case numbers locally and nationally continue to rise significantly and the government considers this to be the only way to protect the NHS and bring the virus back under control.
You must act now to reduce the spread of the coronavirus and help us get out of national restrictions.
You must not leave or be outside of your home except for specific reasons.You may leave the home to:
Colleges, primary and secondary schools will remain open only for vulnerable children and the children of critical workers. All other children will learn remotely until February half term. Early Years settings remain open.
Higher Education provision will remain online until mid February for all except future critical worker courses.
If you do leave home for a permitted reason, you should always stay local. You may leave your local area for a legally permitted reason, such as for work.
If you are clinically extremely vulnerable you should only go out for medical appointments, exercise or if it is essential. You should not attend work
The virus doesn’t move, people move it. The more people you interact with, the higher the chance of spreading coronavirus between households. By staying at home as much as possible we can reduce the number of people we pass the virus to.
People who catch coronavirus may have either very mild symptoms, or no symptoms at all. This means you could have the virus without knowing it and pass it on to someone who could become very seriously ill or even die.
If you, or any member of your household exhibits any symptoms or you become aware of someone who has visited your household recently who has tested positive or is exhibiting symptoms, the whole household must self-isolate for 14 days and call the NHS to arrange for a test immediately.
Financial support is available to help you during a period of self-isolation. This can include a Test & Trace Support payment of £500. Read more about the eligibility criteria and how to apply.
Whether or not you meet the criteria set by Government, there is help available for those facing financial difficulty or needing support. The Suffolk Advice and Support Service helps people across the county access information or support relating to debt, benefits, housing or employment. You can contact the service on 0800 068 3131 between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday or visit Suffolk Advice and Support Service.
If we keep following the guidance, we will reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Ipswich needs you to act now and follow the rules.