Latest advice, guidance and information
Updated 30 November 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.
Face coverings are now compulsory in shops and other settings such as banks, post offices and hairdressers, as well as on public transport, unless you are exempt.
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
- Wear a face covering in 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 and isolate and get a PCR test if your home test is positive or if you have any symptoms, even mild ones
- 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
All contacts of suspected Omicron cases will be required to self-isolate for 10 days, regardless of vaccination status and age. You will be contacted directly by NHS Test and Trace or your local health protection team if you are identified as a close contact of a suspected Omicron case.
In all other cases, you are no longer required to self-isolate after close contact with a positive case of Covid-19 if you are fully vaccinated or under 18 and not showing symptoms. Close contacts who are fully vaccinated will be advised, as now, to take a PCR test as soon as possible, so that they can have certainty about their condition. In these circumstances, you may also want to consider:
- limiting close contact with other people outside your household, especially in enclosed spaces
- wearing a face covering in enclosed spaces and where you are unable to maintain social distancing
- limiting contact with anyone who is clinically extremely vulnerable
- taking part in regular LFD testing
You are fully vaccinated once 14 days have passed since your final dose of a Covid-19 vaccine given by the NHS.
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.