Keeping Hillingdon safe
We are urging residents to adhere to the government's national coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions to protect themselves and others.
We all have a part to play in combating this deadly virus. By staying at home, remaining vigilant and pulling together to adhere to the restrictions, you will be protecting the NHS and saving lives.
In this section:
- Stay at home
- Staying safe outside the home
- Working from home
- What to do if you have symptoms
- Staying safe online
- Accessible formats and different languages
Residents are urged to stay at home as much as possible. You may go out for a limited set of reasons, including:
- childcare or education
- work - if you cannot work from home
- exercise and recreation outdoors, alone, with your household or support bubble or on your own with one person from another household
- all medical reasons, appointments and to escape injury or harm
- shopping for food and essentials, as infrequently as possible
- to provide care for vulnerable people, or as a volunteer
You must not meet socially indoors with family or friends unless they are part of your household or support bubble.
If you are aged 60 or over or clinically vulnerable, you could be at higher risk of severe illness from coronavirus and should take extra care to follow the rules. Those who are clinically extremely vulnerable are advised to work from home but encouraged to go outside for exercise.
It remains vitally important to continue to follow the rule of 'Hands. Face. Space' by:
- washing your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds with soap and water or sanitiser
- wearing face coverings when required
- making space by keeping 2 metres apart from others who aren't in your household
Avoid touching your face, and cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when you sneeze.
You should wear a face covering that covers both your nose and mouth when in public indoor spaces, such as supermarkets, hospitals and public transport (unless exempt you are exempt).
The penalty for failing to wear a face covering is £200 for a first offence, doubling for further breaches up to a maximum of £6,400.
You can exercise or visit outdoor public places (such as parks, allotments and playgrounds) alone, with the people you live with, your support bubble, or 1 person from another household.
To help contain the virus, everyone who can work effectively from home must do so.
Where people cannot do so - for example, people who work in critical national infrastructure, construction or manufacturing - they should continue to travel to work/attend their workplace.
Public sector employees working in essential services, including education settings, should continue to go into work.
If you have symptoms of coronavirus (a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste), use the 111 online coronavirus service to check your symptoms.
Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.
If you have symptoms, you should apply for a test to check if you have the virus. Do not wait.
You have a legal duty to self-isolate if you have been instructed to do so by NHS Test and Trace.
Penalties, including fines of up to £10,000, will be introduced for those who break the rules.
You should self-isolate if:
- you have any symptoms of coronavirus (a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste)
- you're waiting for a coronavirus test result
- you've tested positive for coronavirus - this means you have coronavirus
- you live with someone who has symptoms, is waiting for a test result or has tested positive
- someone in your support bubble has symptoms, is waiting for a test result or has tested positive
It is important to get medical help if your symptoms get worse. See the NHS website for what to do.
For life-threatening emergencies, call 999 for an ambulance.
During the current pandemic, the police are calling on parents, friends and family to pay particular attention to what young or vulnerable people in their care are looking at online.
The police believe that social isolating measures could make some of the most vulnerable people in society more susceptible to radicalisation (the process by which a person comes to support terrorism and forms of extremism leading to terrorism) or other forms of grooming, and that the risk of being drawn into violent extremism may increase for some vulnerable people.
If you have any worries or concerns, visit the dedicated Let's Talk About It website, which has advice and guidance on what signs to look out for and what to do and where to go for help if you think somebody is being placed at, or is at, particular risk of being radicalised and drawn into violent extremism or terrorism.
- Information and resources on the NHS COVID-19 app
- Guidance on mental health and wellbeing
- COVID-19 testing and treatment free of charge
- COVID-19 stay at home guidance
- COVID-19 guidance on shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable
- Doctors of the World have also provided translated resources informed by government and NHS advice.