FAQ on COVID precautions - the latest information on the government's roadmap
This content was last updated on 16 August 2021.
Roadmap out of Lockdown
From Monday 16 August, people who have received both doses of their vaccine or are aged under 18 will no longer be legally required to self-isolate if they are identified as a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case. Instead you are advised to take a PCR test which can be ordered online or by calling NHS 119.
Our website has been updated with further information about these changes.
You can find out more information on these changes by visiting GOV.UK - Step 4 precautions or view the details below.
This page is accurate based on the information and guidance we have received from Government. We will update this page with any further information we receive.
England moves to Step 4 from 19 July
While cases are high and rising, everybody needs to continue to act carefully and remain cautious. This is why key protections will be kept in place at step 4 from 19 July:
- Testing when you have symptoms and targeted asymptomatic testing in education, high risk workplaces and to help people manage their personal risk
- Isolating when positive or when contacted by NHS Test and Trace
- Border quarantine - for all arriving from red list countries and for those people not fully vaccinated arriving from amber list countries
- Cautious guidance for individuals, businesses and the vulnerable whilst prevalence is high
- Whilst Government is no longer instructing people to work from home if they can, Government would expect and recommend a gradual return over the summer
- Government expects and recommends that people wear face coverings in crowded areas such as public transport
- Being outside or letting fresh air in
- Minimising the number, proximity and duration of social contacts
- Encouraging and supporting businesses and large events to use the NHS Covid Pass in high risk settings. The Government will work with organisations where people are likely to be in close proximity to others outside their household to encourage the use of this. If sufficient measures are not taken to limit infection, the Government will consider mandating certification in certain venues at a later date.
Vaccines remain the best way to protect ourselves and those around us from the virus. It is important that everyone gets vaccinated as soon as they are able and gets both doses of the vaccine.
Eligible adults over the age of 18 living in Preston may now receive their first dose of the vaccine at St John's Shopping Centre. Adults who are unsure whether or not they are eligible should speak with staff at the vaccine centre.
Adults aged 18+ may also now book and appointment for their vaccine through the national booking system by visiting NHS - book coronavirus vaccination.
You can find answers to common questions and misinformation about vaccines in a range of languages by visiting British Islamic Medical Association - coronavirus vaccination.
Testing for coronavirus
Regular testing is important to identify new cases and to drive down the spread of the virus. You can now order free lateral flow testing kits BY visiting GOV.UK - coronavirus rapid lateral flow testing kit.
Please take a Lateral Flow Test twice a week and if positive book a PCR test immediately to confirm the result.
It is essential that you and your close contacts self-isolate for the full amount of time instructed following a positive test.
For the latest information on coronavirus testing in Preston, please visit Covid testing available for everyone in Preston.
I've been asked to self-isolate, how do I get the support payment?
People who are double jabbed or aged under 18 are no longer legally required to self-isolate if they are identified as a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case.
For more information on the importance of self-isolating as well as accessing the Test and Trace Support Payment for people on low income who are required to self-isolate please see self-isolating.
How can I report a Coronavirus concern?
If you are concerned about the implementation of COVID secure measures in a business, workplace or other public building please report this by using our online form:
For a comprehensive list of COVID-19 symptoms visit NHS - COVID-19.
If you are displaying these symptoms or feel unwell please get tested as soon as possible.
Where practical please avoid the use of taxis or public transport to attend a testing site.
Can I still access help?
Help for vulnerable people is still available via Preston Together.