COVID-19: Official health information and guidance

Help us fight coronavirus in Richmond upon Thames and avoid a local lockdown or further restrictions

Symptoms of COVID-19

The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:

  • New continuous cough
  • High temperature
  • Loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell

For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness, but however mild your symptoms, you should stay at home.

Visit the NHS coronavirus webpage for the latest advice and guidance.

Read Government information and advice in other languages and accessible formats.

How to stay well

The Government regularly updates national guidance to prevent the spread of coronavirus. However, residents are reminded:

  • Hands: Wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds.
  • Face: Wear a mask on public transport and if you are going into a shop. Failure to do so could result in a £200 fine.
  • Space: Keep your distance if you go out (1 metre apart if 2 metres is not possible).
  • Social gatherings of more than six people is now illegal – including for indoor sports (with some exemptions including schools, workplaces, COVID-19 secure weddings and funerals). It will be enforced through a £200 fine.
  • Self-isolate if you or anyone in your household has symptoms.
  • Apply for a test if you have symptoms or have specifically been told to by a healthcare professional.
  • If you test positive for coronavirus – provide details of contacts via NHS Test and Trace.

Download the NHS Covid-19 App

From Thursday 24 September 2020, the NHS will be launching a new COVID-19 App.

 Find out more information about the App, and for information for local businesses.

Other guidance:

These documents provide more detailed advice on the new government guidance:

In addition to UK measures there is guidance on shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable from COVID-19. The guidance is for people, including children, who are at very high risk of severe illness from COVID-19 because of a serious underlying health condition.

More information on coronavirus testing and Local Outbreak Plan.

Latest Government information

You can find the latest information on the situation in the UK on the GOV.UK website.

For information on symptoms, how to protect yourself, and what to do if you think you might have coronavirus, visit the NHS coronavirus webpage.


Updated: 23 September 2020