Living with COVID
On Monday 21 February the Prime Minister announced his plan for living with COVID. The Living with COVID plan has seen the removal of any remaining COVID-19 restrictions and regulations.
As self-isolation regulations ended on Thursday 24 February, this brought about changes to testing protocol. For more information on the changes to testing visit Changes to testing for COVID-19 in England.
One of the Governments main objectives is to protect those most vulnerable to COVID-19 through vaccination, guided by Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) advice.
While looking to the future, it is important to remain optimistically cautious in our approach, and by keeping to certain COVID safe behaviours such as wearing a face covering in crowded public spaces, ventilating your space to allow fresh air to flow and washing your hands regularly, we can continue to prevent the spread of the virus and keep ourselves and those around us safe. Statistically, vaccinations remain the best form of protection from the virus and we encourage all those eligible to get their jab as soon as is possible.
Get more information on the government's Living with COVID plan.
We urge you to remember the importance of socially responsible behaviours to keep you and your families safe from COVID-19. Symptoms may present similarly to those of the common cold/flu, and so following these key health behaviours is vital.
- If you’re meeting indoors keep doors and windows open, even if it’s only for short periods of time, ventilation is essential
- Wear a face covering in crowded public spaces, and if you’re mixing with people you wouldn’t normally mix with in enclosed indoor areas
- Wash your hands with soap and water frequently
- Have the COVID-19 vaccine – it’s our best defence against COVID-19. The vaccines are safe and effective (it is recommended to get the booster jab when you are offered one, at least two months after your second dose)
For the latest information please visit our interactive COVID-19 Southampton Dashboard, which is updated 5 days a week, Monday to Friday, at COVID-19 updates.