Local response, advice and support
Following the Prime Minister’s announcement last night, Southampton has entered lockdown with immediate effect today.
You can see the full list of rules at gov.uk/coronavirus.
Dr Debbie Chase, Director of Public Health in Southampton, said:
"Cases of COVID-19 in Southampton are rising rapidly. The latest figures show that our weekly infection rate is 542.9 per 100,000 people. In the most recent 7 days (to 27 December) there were 144 reported admissions and diagnoses in hospital of patients with COVID-19 at University Hospital Southampton with extremely high pressure on ICU capacity. Such rapid growth in infections suggests that the new strain of the virus is present in Southampton. The new strain appears to pass from person to person even easier than before and this makes it a huge threat to our communities.
"We are now entering a crucial period with the rollout of vaccines and so we must do everything we can to protect our local NHS and the most vulnerable in our communities whilst this takes place. To do this we must all play our part by limiting our contact with other households to an absolute minimum."
Councillor Christopher Hammond, Leader of Southampton City Council, said:
"I don’t underestimate how difficult another lockdown will be for our residents and businesses. But the fact remains that cases and hospital admissions are going up fast and if we don’t act now our stretched NHS will reach breaking point. The only way we can protect the NHS and ensure it is able to help us when we need it, is to all play our part in preventing the spread of infection.
"We will be doing everything we can to help support the government in the roll out of vaccine and its ambitious new target for all priority groups to be vaccinated by the middle of February. But for now, we need to continue the community spirit and response which has served us well so far.
"Southampton City Council is committed to continuing to provide essential services for all our residents and supporting those that need it most will remain our priority. The Southampton COVID-19 helpline has remained open throughout the pandemic and we stand ready to help people, with the support of our partners from across the city. That includes help with essentials like picking up medicines and groceries but also social contact and just having someone to talk to. No one should suffer alone in silence so please do reach out."
We’re here to help
Anyone who needs help should visit the coronavirus information pages of our website or contact our COVID-19 resident helpline on 023 8083 4800.
Support for businesses
Detail on which businesses can remain open under the new lockdown are available on the GOV.UK website.
The Government has announced additional funding including new lockdown grants to support businesses and protect jobs. Southampton City Council are awaiting more details regarding these payments from central government. Once further information is available, it will be published on our information for businesses page or businesses can sign up to our business e-newsletter for the latest news.
Changes to council services
- The Household Waste & Recycling Centre (HWRC) at Millbrook will remain open – please remember that you have to book a visit online
- Outdoor sports facilities and gyms will close
- Our Housing Repairs service will be urgent health and safety work only
- The municipal golf course is closed
- Weddings and civil partnerships can only take place in exceptional circumstances – please see your ceremony options if you have a ceremony booked with us
- Libraries are closed today and tomorrow (5 & 6 January) but we are looking at what services can be provided moving forward. Our website will be updated with the latest information on this
Keep an eye on our latest website updates and social media over the coming days for updates on any further changes to services.
Top tips for lockdown
Watch our video we created last year for some quick tips on taking care of yourself at home. We hope you find it enjoyable and helpful.