Advice and support

As we learn to live with Covid-19, if you have symptoms and a high temperature, you are advised to stay at home and avoid other people until you feel better.

The NHS updated its list of the main symptoms on 1 April 2022.

Actions you can take to reduce your chances of catching Covid-19 include:

  • get the vaccines you are eligible for
  • let the fresh air in, especially when around people you don’t live with
  • continue good hygiene habits like regular hand washing
  • cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough

Find more guidance on living safely with Covid-19 and other cold and flu like illnesses on the GOV.UK website.


Free testing ended for most people in England on 1 April 2022. Our local mobile testing van service has also stopped operating.

GOV.UK has a list of where to buy lateral flow or PCR test kits safely.

If you develop symptoms of Covid-19 you may still be able to get free rapid lateral flow tests:

  • if you work in a high risk setting, such as the NHS or social care
  • if you are going into hospital
  • if you are at high risk of getting seriously ill from Covid-19

Visit the NHS website to check if you are eligible for free test kits.

If you do a test and it is positive, you are no longer legally required to self-isolate. Instead, you should stay at home if you can and avoid contact with other people for five days while you are most infectious.

You can find up-to-date information on testing for Covid-19, including how to do a test, on the NHS website.

The NHS continues to offer treatments to people with Covid-19 who are at highest risk of becoming seriously ill. Details of what they are, who can get them and how are on the NHS website.

Local support

If you are a South Gloucestershire resident finding it difficult to cope financially, you can apply to our Community Resilience Fund for support.

Visit our local support for residents page for more information about other support available.

Help from community support groups

If you are self-isolating there are community support groups that can help you.

Search our community support directory for local groups that provide help, such as food shopping, prescription collection and dog walking.

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