Coronavirus (Covid-19) public health advice and current restrictions

Information about what you can do to limit the spread of the virus, and the current rules and advice that the government has asked us all to follow.

There is a national lockdown - stay at home

 Although we have seen some reduction, Covid-19 cases remain very high across all age groups in Lambeth.

Unfortunately, the number of people being admitted to hospital has continued to increase with a sharp rise in the number of deaths from the beginning of January. This reflects the high peak in the number of cases seen earlier on in the month, as generally if people suffer severely from the disease it takes about two weeks from when they get the disease to them being admitted to hospital. The fact that many of the deaths that occur happen after some time in hospital suggests that sadly, many more deaths are expected and we are yet to reach the peak in the number of deaths from Covid-19.

This unfortunate situation means that we must continue to play our part to save lives and reduce the strain on our NHS. We must stay at home only going out if necessary and ensure we follow the rules.

Read more about the lockdown restrictions on GOV.UK

 The roll-out of the national Covid-19 vaccination programme is positive, and people in the priority groups have started receiving the vaccine. However, at this stage, it is important that everyone, even those who have had the vaccine, continue to follow the advice of  

Hands: wash hands regularly

Face: wear face-covering 

Space: keeping 2 metres apart

Ventilation – allowing fresh air in the spaces we spend time in.

We know that this is a challenging time and it is important that we continue to look after our mental health and wellbeing. For tips go to Good Thinking UK   or visit GOV.UK for guidance for the public on the mental health and wellbeing aspects of coronavirus (COVID-19)

National Lockdown summary 

You must not leave or be outside of your home except where necessary. You may leave the home to: 

  • shop for basic necessities, for you or a vulnerable person 
  • go to work, or provide voluntary or charitable services, if you cannot reasonably do so from home 
  • exercise with your household (or support bubble) or one other person, this should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area. 
  • meet your support bubble or childcare bubble where necessary, but only if you are legally permitted to form one 
  • seek medical assistance or avoid injury, illness or risk of harm (including domestic abuse) 
  • attend education or childcare - for those eligible 

The main symptoms of coronavirus are: 

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature) 
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual) 
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal 

If you or anyone in your household have Covid-19 symptoms, you must self-isolate and book a free NHS test immediately or call 119.

When do you need to self-isolate?  

If any of the following applies  

  • have symptoms of Covid-19 and are waiting for a test  
  • have tested positive for Covid-19  
  • are part of the household of a suspected or confirmed Covid-19 case  
  • have been  told or alerted through NHS Test and Trace  service or App that you are a close contact of a Covid-19 case 
  • have been told to self-isolate because you’re in close contact with a Covid-19 case  
  • have returned from a country that is on the quarantine list.  

For more information on how to self-isolate if you live alone, with others or with vulnerable people and what support you can access -  

If you find it difficult to stay at home and self-isolate, contact 0333 360 3700 or email

Stop the spread: Wash your hands, wear a mask & keep 2m distance from people not in your household #KeepLambethSafe