Latest update - Monday 4th January
From Monday 4th January, the Prime Minister has announced a national lockdown and instructed people to stay at home to control the virus, protect the NHS and save lives.
This decision follows a rapid rise in infections, hospital admissions and case rates across the country, and our hospitals are now under more pressure than they have been at any other point throughout the pandemic. This drastic jump in cases has been attributed to the new variant of COVID-19, which our scientists have now confirmed is between 50 and 70 per cent more transmissible.
It's vital you stay at home - this is the single most important action we can all take to protect the NHS and save lives.
It is is crucial that we all play our part in protecting the public’s health, particularly those in our community who are elderly or vulnerable. As we accelerate the rollout of the vaccination programme, there is light at the end of the tunnel. Through our collective efforts we will beat back this virus.
Hampshire County Council
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Rushmoor (inc Aldershot, North Camp and Farnborough): NATIONAL LOCKDOWN
Hart (including Blackwater and Hawley): NATIONAL LOCKDOWN
Getting a test
If you have symptoms of COVID-19, including:
- a high temperature;
- a new, continuous cough; or
- you’ve lost your sense of smell or taste or it’s changed
You must get a test as soon as possible, and you must stay at home until you receive your test result. Anyone in your household, and anyone in your support bubble, must also stay at home until you receive your result.
You will be offered a test at the nearest test centre with appointments available, including our local test centre at Parsons Barracks Car Park in Aldershot.
If you are worried about your symptoms, or are not sure what to do, phone NHS 111 or use the NHS 111 online service.
Protecting yourself and others
There are three simple actions to keep safe that we must all do to keep on protecting each other:
- Wash hands - keep washing your hands regularly;
- Cover face - wear a face covering in enclosed spaces; and
- Make space - stay at least two metres apart, or one metre with a face covering or other precautions
If you are self-employed or run a business and have been affected by COVID-19, the Government continues to make support available - use the government's online service to find out what support you may be entitled to.
If your business has been required to close due to the temporary local restrictions, you may be eligible from your local council for each 14 day period they are closed. You can find more information about the Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) on GOV.UK, You can also find further information on how to apply on the Rushmoor Borough Council and Hart District Council websites, depending on where your business is based.
Get help and support for you or your family
Hampshire Coronavirus Support Helpline
If COVID-19 has had an impact on you or any aspect of your life, including anyone who is self-isolating, please call the Hampshire Coronavirus Support Helpline for advice and support. You can contact them on 0333 370 4000, or request a call-back from the helpline by completing the call-back request form.
Mental Health Crisis Helpline - 0800 915 4644
24 hours a day, 7 days a week - a telephone support service for anyone experiencing a mental health crisis.
Aldershot Safe Haven - 121-123 Victoria Road, Aldershot
6pm-11pm (Monday to Friday), 12.30pm - 11pm (weekends and Bank Holidays) - an evening and weekend drop-in service for anyone experiencing a mental health crisis.
Still need help?
If you still have questions, or are having difficulties accessing support or assistance, please don't hesitate to get in touch:
- using contact form here on my website; or
- by phone on 01252 377567;
If your query cannot wait, please mark it as urgent and someone will be in touch as soon as possible.