National COVID-19 guidance
Remaining legal COVID-19 restrictions have now been lifted, and can no longer be enforced in law, including:
- social distancing
- wearing face coverings
- how many people can meet indoors and outdoors
However, this doesn’t mean that the COVID-19 pandemic is over, especially as case numbers are still rising sharply. Sadly, as we move forward and learn to live with COVID-19, more people will fall seriously ill and more people will lose their lives.
Regular testing, contact tracing and self-isolation will remain in place. The Government made a separate announcement about changes to self-isolation which are due to come into effect from Monday 16 August.
Every resident in Derby still has a moral responsibility to protect themselves and others by choosing to do the right thing for Derby. Residents should consider:
- Wearing a face covering in crowded or indoor settings (such as supermarkets)
- Keeping distance between themselves and people they wouldn’t normally come into contact with
- Regularly washing or sanitising their hands
- Continuing to use rapid lateral flow tests (LFT) twice a week when they don’t have symptoms
- If they get a positive LFT result or develop symptoms of COVID-19, self-isolate with their household and book a PCR test at a local testing site or request a postal PCR test online or by calling 119
- Get vaccinated with two doses of a COVID-19 vaccination. Vaccines are safe, effective and evidence has shown they help to sever the link between transmission, hospitalisation and death.
Let's do the right thing for Derby
Our campaign ‘Let’s do the right thing for Derby’ is concentrating on promoting safe and considered behaviour during the pandemic.
The campaign is calling for everyone across the city to consider the safety of fellow Derbeians by ensuring we follow these important guidelines:
- Keep our distance
- Wash our hands
- Staying home if we have symptoms, and applying for a test
- Wear a face covering, if we can
NHS Test and Trace app
The free NHS Test and Trace app was launched in September 2020. The app allows us to report symptoms, apply for a coronavirus test, check in to venues by scanning a QR code and it helps the NHS trace individuals that may have coronavirus.
You can find out more about the app on the NHS website.
Certain businesses are legally required to display an NHS Test and Trace QR code for app users.
Face coverings are no longer a legal requirement in England.
However, they are still highly encouraged in indoor settings such as supermarkets, to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
You can purchase disposable face coverings. However, fabric coverings that you can purchase or make at home are also effective, are better for our planet and often cost far less in the long term.
Derby's Local Outbreak Plan
One of the key roles of the Council is to protect the health of the population. This is especially key during the coronavirus pandemic. As such, Derby City Council has set out its plans to protect the health of the population of Derby from the risks associated with COVID-19.
In enacting the plan the following objectives will seek to be achieved:
- Preventing spread of COVID-19.
- Contain and suppress outbreaks of COVID-19.
- Early identification and proactive management of outbreaks and incidents.
- Ensure service capability.
- Ensure effective communication with the public and stakeholders.
Read the full Derby City Council Outbreak Plan.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where can I find trusted information about coronavirus?
Please continue to check the NHS website for reliable health information. You can find out more about the government response to coronavirus at www.gov.uk. Staying alert to common coronavirus myths can also help you separate the fact from the fiction.
Where can I access help when I need it?
NHS 111 online can help you decide if you need medical help and offer advice on how to access help safely. The service is free to access and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
You can contact Derby's COVID Community Response Hub to request support or to volunteer to help others in your community.
The Samaritans helpline is still available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please call 116 123 if you would like advice or support with mental wellbeing.