Last updated: 8 January 2021 at 3pm
This page provides you with the latest information on Coronavirus (COVID-19). The government is making regular announcements in response to the ongoing outbreak.
The Prime Minister announced at 8pm on Monday 4 January 2021 that the country was immediately going into national lockdown meaning that everyone should follow the guidance and stay at home.
This means 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.
Colleges, primary and secondary schools will remain open only for vulnerable children and the children of critical workers. All other children will learn remotely until February half term. Early Years settings remain open.
Higher Education provision will remain online until mid-February for all except future critical worker courses.
If you do leave home for a permitted reason, you should always stay local in the village, town, or part of the city where you live. You may leave your local area for a legally permitted reason, such as for work.
If you are clinically extremely vulnerable you should only go out for medical appointments, exercise or if it is essential. You should not attend work
Council Leader Cllr Ken Rhatigan is urging residents to support the NHS by staying at home and following the restrictions.
Hands, face, space
To help control the virus and protect yourself and others, when you leave home you must:
- wash hands - keep washing your hands regularly
- cover face - wear a face covering over your nose and mouth in enclosed spaces
- make space - stay at least a metre away from people not in your household
If you are feeling unwell, get a test and do not leave home for at least 10 days.
- Coronavirus outbreak FAQs, what you can and can't do
- NHS advice about coronavirus (COVID-19), including what to do if you think you have it and how to reduce your chances of getting it
- Guidance on use of face coverings on public transport
- Find coronavirus help and support
Guidance in different languages
British Sign Language
All committee, Cabinet and Council meetings are now being held virtually and are live streamed on the council's website in the same way as they would normally be webcast to allow residents to watch the committee meetings live.
Find out more information on upcoming virtual council meetings.
Bin collection updates
Working with Basingstoke Voluntary Action and others, we are helping coordinate community support during the pandemic.
Council tax support
Following the government’s announcement of a new Hardship Fund to help vulnerable residents pay their council tax, we received further guidance on the measures and implemented some changes.
Do you know someone who is not online?
Can you help to share important information on how to receive help and support, as well as changes to our services during the COVID-19 outbreak?
If you know someone who is not online like a neighbour, friend or family member, we would greatly appreciate your help to pass on important information. Find our printable newsletter on important COVID-19.
Advice, support and guidance for businesses
The government has put in place a number of measures to support businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
We have a webpage with advice and support for businesses