Getting tested for Coronavirus
There are different tests you can get to check if you have Coronavirus. PCR tests are mainly for people with symptoms, and rapid lateral flow tests are only for people without symptoms. Both tests are free.
You can find more information, and order both types of test, here.
NHS COVID-19 app
The NHS COVID-19 app is available to download for free in England and Wales. This is the fastest way to see if you’re at risk from Coronavirus.
I encourage residents to download the app if you can. More information, including on how to download the app, is available here.
The Coronavirus vaccines are safe and effective, and give you the best protection against COVID-19. More information about the vaccines is available on the NHS website here. You can also book your vaccinations through this link. I strongly urge all residents not already vaccinated to book your slots as soon as you can.
Current rules and restrictions
We moved to “Step 4” of the Roadmap out of Coronavirus restrictions on 19 July. The majority of legal restrictions have been removed, but it is important to remember that the virus has not gone away.
As we move from legally binding regulations towards individual common sense, people still need to protect themselves. For example, this includes wearing face coverings in crowded and enclosed spaces. Comprehensive guidance is available here.
Help and support
Information about financial support you may be able to access, as well as guidance on how to keep your business and employees safe, is available on the government’s Coronavirus website, here. This also provides information around education, international travel and other areas.
Local support and information
Elmbridge Borough Council – There is useful information and advice on Elmbridge Borough Council’s Coronavirus page. Residents can sign up to email updates through this page.
Elmbridge Borough Council can be reached via their switchboard at 01372 474474.
Surrey County Council – Information on how Coronavirus has impacted county-wide services is available here.
Surrey County Council’s Community Helpline number is 0300 200 1008. Deaf and hearing-impaired residents can text 0786 0053 465.