Coronavirus information, support and advice

Latest coronavirus government guidance

Earlier this year, the government removed the remaining domestic restrictions in England.

Continuing the careful path towards living safely with Covid-19 is possible because of the success of the Covid-19 vaccination and booster rollout which has meant that there is a much lower risk of severe illness or hospitalisation for people who catch Covid-19.

You can take simple and effective actions that will protect our families and communities from Covid-19, particularly those at the greatest risk of severe illness.

Changes from 1 April 2022:

  • free universal asymptomatic (rapid tests) and symptomatic testing (PCR tests) has now ended
  • you no longer require the NHS COVID pass for most venues
  • free symptomatic tests (PCR tests) will only continue for NHS and care staff, hospital patients, care home residents and those already eligible for antiviral treatments when they have symptoms
  • asymptomatic (rapid tests) testing will continue from April in some high-risk settings where infection can spread rapidly while prevalence is high. This includes patient-facing staff in the NHS and care staff, staff in hospices and adult social care services, staff in some prisons and places of detention and in high risk domestic abuse refuges and homelessness settings. In addition, testing will be provided for residential SEND, care home staff and residents during an outbreak and for care home residents upon admission.

Five steps to help you stay safe from Covid-19

  • get vaccinated – protect yourself and others
  • ventilate your space – ventilate and let fresh air in during meetings
  • wear a face covering – especially around those who are not part of your household
  • stay home – for at least 5 days if you’re feeling unwell, have symptoms or test positive
  • wash your hands regularly – for at least 20 seconds

Get vaccinated

With a vaccine, you are less likely to become severely ill if you catch Covid-19, and it will help stop the spread of the virus.

See Coronavirus vaccination rollout

Covid-19 symptoms and testing

Free universal symptomatic (PCR tests) and asymptomatic (rapid tests) testing has now ended. Rapid tests are still available for a cost. Check GOV.UK for more information or with your local pharmacy. 

If you have any of these 3 Covid-19 symptoms, even if mild, consider staying home and avoiding contact with other people for 5 days:

  • a new continuous cough
  • a fever or high temperature
  • or a change or loss of sense of taste or smell.

In addition to the main three symptoms, locally, we advise that you consider staying home and avoiding contact with other people for 5 days if you or your child experience any wider symptoms which are new, persistent or unusual such as:

  • shortness of breath or wheezing
  • fatigue
  • loss of appetite
  • muscle ache or pain
  • sore throat and/or hoarseness
  • persistent headache
  • runny or blocked nose
  • nausea, vomiting or diarrhoea

If you feel unwell, stay at home for 5 days, which is the period when you are most infectious. It is also advised that children and young people who are unwell and have a high temperature stay at home and only go back to school, college or childcare once they no longer have a high temperature, and they are well enough to attend. If you have any questions, you can call 119.

Find information, support and advice

As a Hackney resident or business, you can find information, support and advice to keep your community safe.

Page updated on: 18 November 2022