Coronavirus (Covid-19) Advice and Support
Oxfordshire must follow the national lockdown rules as they begin to ease
The gradual easing of national lockdown measures means that the rate of spread of the virus is slowing. Our actions are starting to have an impact, but the risks remain, so following the rules remain important in stopping any spread of the virus.
What do the changes on 12 April mean in practice?
Some of the key changes are below.
- All non-essential retail can reopen.
- Personal care premises such as hairdressers and nail salons can reopen.
- Public buildings such as libraries and community centres can reopen.
- Outdoor hospitality venues such as pubs, restaurants and cafes can reopen, with table service only.
- Most outdoor attractions including zoos, theme parks, and drive-in performances (such as cinemas and concerts) can reopen.
- Some smaller outdoor events such as fetes, literary fairs, and fairgrounds can now take place.
- Indoor leisure and sports facilities can reopen for individual exercise, or exercise with your household or support bubble.
- Parent and child groups can take place indoors (as well as outdoors) for up to 15 people (children under five will not be counted in this number).
- All childcare and supervised activities will be allowed indoors (as well as outdoors) for all children.
- Weddings, civil partnership ceremonies, wakes and other commemorative events can take place for up to 15 people. Wedding receptions must take place outdoor, and not in private gardens.
- Self-contained accommodation can open for overnight stays in England, with households or support bubbles only.
- If you are clinically extremely vulnerable you no longer need to shield. However, you should continue to take extra precautions to protect yourself.
- Care home residents can nominate two named individuals for regular indoor visits (following a rapid lateral flow test).
- Travel abroad continues to be prohibited, other than for a small number of permitted reasons.
- Holidays abroad are not allowed, given it will remain important to manage the risk of imported variants and protect the vaccination programme.
COVID cases in Oxfordshire
You can find the latest information here.
What to do if you think you have COVID-19
- Do NOT leave your home if you think you have coronavirus.
If you have coronavirus symptoms – a high temperature, new continuous cough or loss or change to your sense of smell or taste - make sure you get tested and isolate for as long as is needed to help protect those you care for and others in your community.
- You do not need to contact your GP if you think you have coronavirus: Call 119 to book a test. You can also use the online 111 coronavirus service to get advice and find out what to do. Only call 111 if you cannot get help online, or cannot handle your symptoms at home. This approach will free up help for those who most need it.
- Babies and children: Call 111 for advice if you're worried about a baby or child. If they seem very unwell, are getting worse or you think there's something seriously wrong, call 999. Do not delay getting help if you're worried. Trust your instincts.
Other useful links
- Easy Read information - includes explanations of some of the words and phrases used during the pandemic, and also links to useful information on topics like staying at home, taking care of yourself and social distancing
- Stopping the spread of local coronavirus outbreaks
- Oxfordshire County Council Coronavirus advice
- The latest guidance on staying safe and controlling the virus
- Oxfordshire County Council services and controlling COVID-19
- Advice for people at higher risk of coronavirus
- Shielding the vulnerable
- Face masks and coverings
- Changes to seeing your GP
- Diabetes & Mental Health Helplines
- Supporting people with diabetes during coronavirus
- Mental health support for children and young people
- Bereavement support leaflet - local and national support
- What to do when someone dies during the pandemic - Government advice on the next steps
- Opening hours of Minor Injuries Units and First Aid Units
- Help the NHS and hand back equipment no longer used
- Volunteering in Oxfordshire
- Useful links - national and local
Seeing your GP
GP practices are continuing to protect patients, staff and the wider community via a telephone triage system for appointments. Most patients are offered phone appointments, some video consultations and online consultations. However, your practice will make arrangements for face-to-face appointment for anyone if it is necessary and will inform you of the arrangements to ensure you, and the clinician you are seeing, stay safe. For more information about speaking to your GP, click here.
We are trying to reduce the number of people sitting in crowded waiting rooms where infection could spread. If you need medical help or advice please contact NHS111 first, via phone or the NHS111 website. They will triage your case and direct you to the most appropriate service. This could include a a hospital Emergency Department or a local Minor Injuries Unit. People with injuries who have not called in advance will be seen and treated as necessary. However, if the condition or injury is not urgent, staff will ask patients attend the following day with an appointment.
Please also note that to comply with social distancing, people are asked to attend units on their own if possible, or with one other person only if they require help or support.
- Up-to-date NHS information on coronavirus, including symptoms and when people should stay at home are at
- NHS 111 has an online coronavirus service that can tell you if you need medical help and advise you what to do
- Public Health England - guidance on mental health and wellbeing
- Oxfordshire County Council - including information on services
- Oxfordshire County Council - advice on shielding the most vulnerable
- Updates from Oxford University Hospitals
- Thames Valley Police - FAQs on coronavirus
- Information and links to local advice on mental health and wellbeing
COVID Vaccination Information - Imam Monawar Hussain, OUH Muslim Chaplain
- Video in Bengali - From Urmee Mazher
- Video in Punjabi - From Zaheer Qureshi, Treasurer, Asian Cultural Centre
- Video in Arabic - From Dr. Kamel Ait Tahar
- Video in Hindi - From Dr. Gian Gopal, Chairman, OHTCCP
- Video in Farsi - From Dr Hosnieh Djafari-Marbini