Following the Prime Minister's announcement on Monday 4 January 2021, East Hampshire is now part of the national lockdown.
This means you must stay at home. The single most important action we can all take is to stay at home to protect the NHS and save lives.
More information about the new restrictions is available on the GOV.UK website.
If you have any coronavirus symptoms:
A high temperature
A new, continuous cough
A loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste.
Get a test and stay at home.
Self-isolationSelf-isolation is a vital way to stop the spread of coronavirus as it minimises your contact with others.
You should self-isolate if:
You have any of the symptoms above
You have tested positive for COVID-19 (even if you don’t feel unwell)
Someone in your household or support bubble has tested positive for COVID-19
You are contacted by NHS Test and Trace and told to self-isolate
Find out more on the GOV.UK website.
In some circumstances, if you are required by law to self-isolate from 28 September 2020, you may be supported by a payment of £500, payable from East Hampshire District Council. You will need a reference number from NHS test and trace to claim.
Before you go outThe best way to be safe while out and about is to plan ahead. Remember to:
Take face covering(s) and a bag to put used ones into
Take hand sanitiser, if you have it
Take a contactless card or mobile phone to pay with (some businesses may not accept cash)
Download the NHS COVID-19 app (if your phone allows). Switch on contact tracing.
Download RingGo so you can pay to park in council car parks through your phone
While you’re outTo reduce your chances of catching coronavirus, remember three things:
Hands. Face. Space.
Washing your hands
While coronavirus is not likely to survive for long periods of time on outdoor surfaces in sunlight, it can live for more than 24 hours in indoor environments. Washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using hand sanitiser, regularly throughout the day will reduce the risk of catching or passing on the virus. Advice on how to wash your hands properly is available on the NHS website.
Covering your face
Coronavirus is carried in the air by tiny respiratory droplets that carry the virus. Larger droplets can land on other people or on surfaces they touch while smaller droplets, called aerosols, can stay in the air indoors for at least 5 minutes, and often much longer if there is no ventilation.
Face coverings reduce the dispersion of these droplets, meaning if you’re carrying the virus, you’re less likely to spread it when you exhale.
Information on face coverings: when to wear one, exemptions, and how to make your own, can be found on the GOV.UK website.
Transmission of the virus is most likely to happen within 2 metres, with risk increasing exponentially at shorter distances. While keeping this exact distance isn’t always possible, remaining mindful of surroundings and continuing to make space has a powerful impact when it comes to containing the spread.
Advice on meeting with others safely, can be found on the GOV.UK website.
Shopping safelyYou may have to queue to get into shops, and many require you to sanitise your hands when you enter or exit. Local independent shops rely on your custom so if you’re asked to wait, please stick with it.
Shop alone if you can, this will make social distancing and queues easier for everyone.
If you do not wear a face covering, the shop you are visiting can refuse you entry.
The Police have powers to issue £100 fines to people who do not wear face coverings in shops and supermarkets.
There are some circumstances, for health, age or equality reasons, where people cannot wear face coverings.
Pubs and restaurantsDuring the new restrictions, hospitality venues such as cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars and social clubs will be closed, with the exception of providing food and drink for takeaway (before 10pm; and not including alcohol), click-and-collect, drive-through or delivery.
ParkingWhen paying for parking, remember to sanitise your hands before and after using the machine. Our parking machines are cleaned daily. If you don't want to touch a ticket machine, you can use RingGo for contactless payment - all you need is your phone and a payment card.
Look out for othersWe should all continue to look out for others.
This could mean offering to pick items up for others if you go out shopping or respecting social distancing when you’re out.
Things aren’t the same as they were before the coronavirus pandemic. Social distancing and other safety measures might mean that things take longer.
Look after yourselfThis is a stressful, confusing time and it is important to look after your mental health. Our mental health support pages have links to organisations that may be able to help.
Shop localThe facts show that when people shop locally, they are not just supporting their favourite store, but the whole local economy.
You can travel for essential retail including visiting food shops, supermarkets, pharmacies, garden centres, hardware stores, building merchants and off-licences.
Many local non-essential retailers rely on income gained during the build-up to Christmas to keep them in business during the rest of the year.
They are able to sell goods online, over the phone or by post for delivery or collection (without going into the building).
If you’re shopping online for gifts and other non-essential items, please consider buying from local shops’ online stores. You’ll be helping to support local people and jobs.
Money stays in the area The Federation of Small Businesses says that for every £1 spent with a local, independent business, between 50p-70p circulates back into that local economy.
Shopping online or out-of-town may save a little time or a little money, but for every £1 spent only 5p trickles back into the local economy.
Jobs stay in the area
Buying locally supports local traders, their suppliers and the people they depend on to run their businesses. It boosts the local economy, rebuilds confidence in the community and enables local businesses to prosper and grow.
Buying from local, independent businesses, be they shops, cafes, salons, restaurants or market traders means you each are doing you bit to keep our high street, town or village centre 'open for business'.
Successful town centres and High Streets means more jobs are created in your area, not just in retail but across the economy.
How can you help?
Support local people, jobs and businesses by shopping locally online and in person.
And while you’re out, make sure you stay safe.