Latest advice, guidance and information
Updated 22 December 2021
Sunderland City Council endeavours to ensure that information contained on this page is up to date and correct and in line with the latest NHS and Government advice. The council accepts no liability for error or omission.
The health and wellbeing of our residents and staff is our top priority and we are continuing to follow latest advice and guidance to help control the virus.
The Government has announced that England will move to Plan B in response to the risks of the Omicron variant.
- From 10 December, face coverings will be required by law in most indoor settings, at large venues and events, and on public transport. See the full list of settings this applies to at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own
- From 13 December you should work from home if you can
- From 15 December, you'll need to show your NHS COVID Pass at nightclubs, some venues and large events to show you're fully vaccinated, have had a negative test result in the last 48 hours, or you have an exemption
To help protect others and keep the North East open there are some things we can all keep doing:
- Get all recommended doses of the Covid vaccine as soon as possible
- You must wear a face covering in most indoor public places, at large venues and events, and on public transport
- Wear a face covering in other enclosed and crowded public places
- If you're meeting others, meet outside if you can and if you are inside, open a window to help blow Covid particles away
- Test regularly with an LFT when you feel well - if your home test is positive and you do not have symptoms, you no longer require a confirmatory PCR test and should self-isolate straight away
- Wash hands frequently for at least 20 seconds
- Download and use the NHS Covid-19 APP to check in to venues
- With lots of winter viruses in circulation, it's important to stay at home if you are unwell to help prevent infections spreading
Find out more at Coronavirus restrictions: what you can and cannot do - GOV.UK
If you test positive
You must self-isolate for 10 full days however it is now possible to end self-isolation from day 6, following 2 negative LFD tests taken on consecutive days. The first LFD test should not be taken before day five. If both these test results are negative, and you do not have a high temperature, you may end your self-isolation after the second negative test result. See this diagram to help you to understand the rules.
People ending isolation before the 10 full days are strongly advised to limit contact with vulnerable people, not visit crowded or poorly ventilated spaces, and work from home.
People who are fully vaccinated or under the age of 18 years and 6 months who have had contact with someone with Covid-19 do not need to self-isolate.
They should take an NHS rapid lateral flow test every day for 7 days to help slow the spread of Covid-19, if they are aged 5 or over.
Those who test positive should self-isolate straight away, in line with guidance
Those who develop symptoms must still isolate and access a PCR test.
You are fully vaccinated once 14 days have passed since your final dose of a Covid-19 vaccine given by the NHS.
Anyone over 18 years and six months who is not fully vaccinated must self-isolate for 10 full days if they are a contact of someone with Covid-19. A PCR test should be taken however even if the result is negative, isolation must continue for 10 full days.
Full government guidance on these changes is available.
There is also additional guidance and requirements for those working in health and social care settings.
If you need help and support to self-isolate, we have a Self-isolation guide page about the help available. This includes financial support for those who are eligible.
From 11 January people who do not have symptoms of covid-19 and test positive using an LFT test will no longer need a PCR test to confirm the result. You will still record your result online at Report a COVID-19 rapid lateral flow test result - GOV.UK and self-isolate immediately.
If you need financial support to stay at home, help is available but this will require proof of a positive PCR test result. If you think you're eligible for help (eligibility criteria is available on the Test and Trace Support Payment page), book a PCR as soon as you test positive.