Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Coronavirus: how to stay safe and help prevent the spread from 16 August

From 16 August, anyone, other than those listed in the criteria groups below,  who have been identified as a close contact of a positive case will no longer have to self-isolate, providing they have been fully vaccinated and are not displaying any COVID-19 symptoms.

All close contacts, regardless of vaccination status, are advised to take a PCR test as soon as possible to confirm their condition.

Those who are fully vaccinated will only be required to self-isolate if they test positive for COVID-19 following a PCR test.

It is still a legal requirement to self isolate if you have been contacted by Test and Trace.

Anyone under the age of 18 who has been identified as a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case will also no longer be required to self-isolate. Instead, they will be given advice about whether to get tested and depending on their age will need to self-isolate only if they have tested positive.

The following groups will be required to self-isolate, should they be identified as a close contact of a positive COVID-19 PCR test result:

  • those who have not received their COVID-19 vaccination
  • those who have not received both doses of their COVID-19 vaccination
  • those who have received their second dose within the last 14 days
  • those who have tested positive following a PCR test
  • those who have been fully vaccinated and are displaying COVID-19 symptoms (ahead of getting a PCR test).

Protect yourself and others

Although most legal restrictions have been lifted and many people have been vaccinated, it is still possible to catch and spread COVID-19, even if you are fully vaccinated. We are still in the third wave of this pandemic in the UK and locally cases are rising rapidly.

COVID-19 will be a feature of our lives for the foreseeable future, so we need to learn to live with it and manage the risk to ourselves and others.

As COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, it is important that we all use personal judgement to manage our own risk. All of us can play our part by exercising common sense and considering the risks. While no situation is risk free, there are actions we can take to protect ourselves and others around us. Following this guidance will help you stay safe and protect others by controlling the spread. Every action to help reduce the spread will reduce any further resurgence of the virus in the coming months. We all need to play our part in protecting ourselves, our families and our communities.

Lifting restrictions

To find out what this means see the Coronavirus guidance on Gov.UK

Coronavirus testing, vaccination and looking after yourself

If you develop COVID-19 symptoms, self-isolate immediately and get a PCR test, even if your symptoms are mild. You should self-isolate at home while you book the test and wait for the results. You must self-isolate if you test positive. Your isolation period includes the day your symptoms started (or the day your test was taken if you do not have symptoms), and the next 10 full days. This is the law.

Two types of testing are available in North Lincolnshire:

COVID-19 Local Testing Sites are available to anyone who has symptoms of COVID-19, including a new continuous cough, a high temperature or a loss or change in your sense of smell or taste.

A range of other options are available for other groups of people without symptoms. Everyone is now eligible for free – at home lateral home tests which are vital for discovering Covid positive cases in people who do not know they have the disease. It is estimated that 1 in 3 people do not show coronavirus symptoms so being tested twice weekly will help stop the spread of the virus.

  • Workplace testing: Employers can offer testing in the workplace. This includes testing sites, where you can take a supervised test, and workplace collect, where you can pick up a box of tests to use at home. If your employer offers workplace testing, this is still the best route for you to access rapid tests.
  • Community testing:  Anyone over the age of 16 can get a free supervised test as part of a twice weekly testing programme. You do not need an appointment to get a test. Tests are available between 10am to 11.45am and 1.15pm to 4.15pm at:
    • Ashby Community Hub on Monday and Thursday.
  • Community Collect: Anyone over the age of 16 including school support bubbles can collect home testing kits via our Community Collect service from six of our community based venues – Baysgarth Community Hub, Ancholme Leisure Centre, The Pods Leisure Centre, Axholme North Leisure Centre, Epworth Leisure Centre and Ashby Community Hub. Please check the current opening times at the venues before you travel.
  • NHS Test & Trace sites: These are across the country and operate as symptomatic testing sites in the morning but are currently providing an afternoon collect option, where you can pick up a box of tests to use at home. In North Lincolnshire the NHS Test and Trace site is at Centenary Way, Scunthorpe, DN16 1AB. Find your local collection site.
  • Pharmacy collect: Thousands of pharmacies across England have signed up to offer pharmacy collect. This means you can pick up a box of tests to use at home. Find a pharmacy near you that offer pharmacy collect.
  • Education: Secondary and college students are already being given tests to use at home twice a week, throughout term time and the holidays.  School pupil support bubbles are encouraged to test themselves at home twice-weekly in order to identify Covid-19 cases quickly and break the chain of transmission. School pupil support bubbles can collect home testing kits from the NHS Test and Trace site at Centenary Way, Scunthorpe, DN16 1AB and are also able to collect home testing kits from our Community Collect service at the six venues listed above.
  • LFD Direct: For people who can’t access tests through the other routes, you can order a box of tests online or telephone 119, and the tests will be delivered to your home.

All adults in England have now been offered at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. The coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines are safe and effective. They give you the best protection against COVID-19.

If you have not yet received the COVID-19 vaccine, you should get vaccinated. It usually takes around two to three weeks for an antibody response to develop. You need two doses of vaccine for maximum protection against COVID-19.

However, even if you have been fully vaccinated, you could still get COVID-19 and get sick – a recent PHE report shows that around one in five people who are double-vaccinated are still vulnerable to getting infected with the Delta variant and showing symptoms. You can also still spread COVID-19 to others.

We all need to do what we can to reduce the spread of COVID-19 to protect others and to reduce the risk of new variants developing and spreading.

This advice will help us protect our friends, families, and communities, including those who have been vaccinated.

COVID-19 vaccination information

Coronavirus vaccine information in other languages

Local GPs across the Humber, Coast and Vale areas have filmed an important message in multiple languages to encourage vaccine confidence and dispel vaccine myths and misinformation. The videos are available in several languages on YouTube and more languages will be added shortly.

Support available

The council is working with communities, voluntary groups and volunteers across the area to enable essential support for people who are self-isolating or who live alone and do not have family, friends or neighbours for assistance.

Support for people self-isolating

If you are struggling financially, it is sometimes hard to know where to turn. We are here to help.

Support and guidance for businesses and employers. Includes support for businesses that can demonstrate the impact of Covid is still critically affecting the viability of their business.

There are lots of ways you can get involved to help people in your own community.