Last updated: 22 October 2020 at 11.30am
This page provides you with the latest information on Coronavirus (COVID-19). The government is making regular announcements in response to the ongoing outbreak.
Local COVID-19 alert levels
On Monday 12 October, the Government published guidance on the local COVID-19 alert levels, including what they mean, why they are being introduced and what the different levels are. The local COVID-19 alert levels set out information for councils, residents and workers about what to do and how to manage any outbreak in their area.
Current situation - what you can and can't do
Keep Hampshire Safe is an information and communications campaign supports the delivery of Hampshire's Local Outbreak Control Plan.
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.
Following the Prime Minister’s statement on Wednesday 9 September, a number of new measures are set to come into effect.
The new measures include the following:
- From Monday 14 September it will not be possible to meet with people from other households socially in groups of more than six. This will apply indoors and outdoors, including in private homes. Education and work settings are unaffected.
- Businesses will have a clear duty to support NHS Test and Trace. From Friday 18 September, it will be mandatory for certain businesses to have a system to collect NHS Test and Trace data, which must be kept for 21 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
The council's COVID-19 response
Our COVID-19 booklet gives a snapshot of the council’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes an overview from the Leader and infographics showing figures about some of the things we did between Monday 16 March and Friday 31 July 2020.
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
Safe shopping guidance
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.
Following the government’s announcement, we have received further guidance and put in place measures to support eligible businesses.