Thank you Barnsley for all you're doing
8 out of 10 people surveyed say they're doing everything they can to keep themselves and others safe during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Together we can stay safe, protect others and keep Barnsley moving.
Remember: hands, face, space and fresh air.
National coronavirus restrictions
Some restrictions for what you're allowed to do changed from Monday 12 April 2021:
- You can meet in a group of six people or with one other household outdoors in a public area or private garden (social distancing rules still apply). You cannot meet indoors.
- Non-essential retail, personal care services and outdoor hospitality can open.
- Indoor sports facilities can open for individual exercise or with your household/support bubble.
- Childcare and supervised activities are allowed indoors for all children, including formally-organised parent and child groups for up to 15 attendees.
- Weddings, civil partnerships and wakes can take place with up to 15 people.
- Stay at home restrictions are no longer in place, but many rules remain the same. You should continue to work from home if you can and minimise the number of journeys you make.
How to protect yourself and others from coronavirus
There are three simple actions we must all do to keep on protecting each other:
- Wash hands - wash your hands regularly
- Cover face - wear a face covering in enclosed spaces
- Make space - stay at least 2 metres apart - or 1 metre with a face covering or other precautions
What to do if you think you have symptoms
You should stay at home and self-isolate for at least 10 days if you have:
- a high temperature - this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
- a new continuous cough - this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
- a loss or change to your sense of taste or smell – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
Most people with coronavirus have at least one of these symptoms. If you have any of these symptoms you should:
Anyone you live with and anyone in your support bubble must also stay at home until you get your result.
Read the NHS guidance for self-isolation if you or someone you live with has coronavirus symptoms.
Reducing the spread of infection in your household
If you have symptoms of coronavirus, or you've had a positive test you should read this guidance from the government about the steps that you can take to prevent others you live with catching coronavirus.
You can find more information and guidance about coronavirus on GOV.UK and NHS.UK:
Mencap also has lots of useful easy read information about coronavirus for people with learning difficulties.
Get a test for coronavirus
If you have symptoms of coronavirus
If you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) you should get a test and self-isolate immediately.
The symptoms are:
- a high temperature
- a new continuous cough
- a loss or change to your sense of taste or smell
Lateral flow home test kits if you don't have symptoms
Everyone in England can access free testing kits for coronavirus (COVID-19) so you can test yourself for the virus at home twice a week.
Get the NHS COVID-19 app
The NHS COVID-19 app is available to download for free and is the fastest way to see if you're at risk from coronavirus. The faster you know, the quicker you can alert and protect your loved ones and community.
The app has a number of tools to protect you, including contact tracing, local area alerts and venue check-in. Find out more about the NHS COVID-19 app.
NHS QR code posters for businesses
Some businesses are required to display NHS QR posters in their venues. These allow customers with the NHS COVID-19 app to use their smartphones to check-in to a location.
Following extensive trials, safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines have been approved for use in the UK and are being delivered according to the priority identified by the Joint Committee of Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI). You can find out more about COVID-19 vaccination and if you're in a priority group on NHS.UK.
Who can get the COVID-19 vaccine
The NHS is rolling out COVID-19 vaccines, starting with those who are most at risk.
Currently you're eligible to be vaccinated if:
- you're at high risk from COVID-19 (clinically extremely vulnerable)
- you have a condition that puts you at higher risk (clinically vulnerable)
- you have a learning disability
- you live or work in a care home
- you're a health or social care worker (find out more about vaccines for social care workers)
- you're the main carer for someone at high risk from COVID-19
- you're in an eligible age group (find out which age groups are currently eligible)
The NHS is working through specific age bands and will offer the vaccination to younger age groups once the previous group has been vaccinated.
How to get a COVID-19 vaccine
If you're eligible to be vaccinated now, you can book to have your vaccine at a larger vaccination centre online or by calling 119. The closest larger vaccination centres to Barnsley are in Sheffield (at Sheffield Arena), Wakefield and Leeds.
Alternatively, you can wait to be contacted for an appointment in Barnsley.
If you're not yet eligible for the vaccine, please wait until you're contacted by the NHS. This may be via the phone or through a letter either from your GP or the national booking system.
Why should I have the COVID-19 vaccine?
Catching COVID-19 can be serious and may lead to long-term problems. Just under one in 100 people that catch COVID-19 will sadly die from it.
It can affect anyone, including young, fit and healthy people with no previous medical problems. One of the biggest challenges is some people can have COVID-19 without any symptoms, and pass it on to others without knowing.
Useful information links
- Frequently asked questions about the COVID-19 vaccine – regularly updated from Barnsley CCG who are leading the local vaccination programme in Barnsley
- NHS COVID-19 vaccination information (NHS)
- What to expect after vaccination (PHE)
- What to do after the vaccine - videos in different languages (NHS)
- Easy read information about COVID-19 vaccination (PHE)
- BSL information about COVID-19 vaccination (PHE)
- Social care staff guide on COVID-19 vaccination (PHE)
- Vaccination information and frequently asked questions in different languages (NHS)
- Information about allergies and the vaccine (Anaphylaxis.org)
COVID-19 vaccine and pregnancy, breastfeeding, fertility and contraception
- COVID-19 vaccination information for women of childbearing age, currently pregnant or breastfeeding (PHE)
- COVID-19 vaccines, pregnancy and breastfeeding (Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists)
- Information sheet and decision aid for pregnant women (Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists)
- COVID-19 vaccines and fertility (British Fertility Society)
- COVID-19 vaccination for people taking contraception (Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health)
How to get help and support
- Find and request support during the coronavirus pandemic
- Money advice and support due to coronavirus
Advice for clinically extremely vulnerable people
If you're clinically extremely vulnerable you're at a higher risk of severe illness from coronavirus.
You may be identified as clinically extremely vulnerable if:
- you have a certain medical condition
- your clinician or GP added you to the 'shielded patient list' because, based on their clinical judgement, they deem to you be at higher risk of serious illness if you catch the virus
- you've been identified through the COVID-19 Population Risk Assessment as potentially being at high risk of serious illness if you catch the virus.
Shielding for people who are clinically extremely vulnerable ended on Wednesday 31 March 2021. However, you should continue to take extra precautions to protect yourself. It's important that you continue to keep the number of social interactions you have low and try to limit the amount of time you spend in settings where you're unable to maintain social distancing.
Businesses and other organisations
- Support for businesses due to coronavirus (COVID-19)
- Request emergency personal protective equipment (PPE) for care workers
Operating your business
- How to make your workplace COVID-secure
- Resources to help you keep customers and workers safe
- Create a NHS QR code for your venue for use with the NHS COVID-19 app
- Advice for close contact businesses
- Advice for licensed premises
- Apply for temporary pavement cafe licence
- Care home visits during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic
- Request emergency personal protective equipment (PPE) for care workers
Changes to council services
We've had to make some changes to how some council services are delivered and to our opening times. You can see a full list of the temporary changes due to coronavirus (COVID-19) here. Please revisit this page, as we'll be updating it with the latest information about any service changes or closures during the pandemic.
Children and schools
Bubbles within schools
All children attending school are assigned to a 'bubble'; this is a group of children which your child will be in contact with while they're in school. If a pupil tests positive for coronavirus in your child’s bubble and they've been in the setting during the infectious period, you'll be informed by the school and may be asked to keep your child off school to isolate for 14 days.
You don't need to book a test on NHS.UK for your child to be tested for coronavirus unless they start displaying symptoms, such as a new continuous cough, a fever or loss of taste or smell.
Your child’s school should be your first point of information and they'll contact you directly, as well as providing information on their website. You'll find their contact details in our list of schools in Barnsley.
- Full and partial school closures due to coronavirus
- Attending school during the coronavirus pandemic
- Preparing for your child to be sent home to self-isolate as part of a school/bubble closure
- Supporting children with SEND during the coronavirus pandemic
- Useful online learning resources
Finance and housing
- Repairs information for Berneslai Homes tenants
- Rent advice for Berneslai Homes tenants
- Advice for private rented tenants and landlords
- Homeless and housing advice
Health and wellbeing
- Mental health and wellbeing
- Ways to stay active
- Supporting your recovery after having COVID-19
- How to use the internet to stay in touch with others
- Staying safe online, types of scams and COVID-19 scams
Keeping Barnsley moving
- Face coverings: when you need to wear one
- Shopping safely on our high streets
- Visiting our markets
- Visiting our libraries
- How we're supporting NHS Test and Trace
The government has published some guidance about looking after animals during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
If you're self-isolating you shouldn't go out to walk your dog. You'll need to ask someone to do this on your behalf.
The following businesses can still operate with COVID-19 secure measures in place:
- professional dog walking
- animal rescue charities
- businesses who hold animal activity licences for home boarding, dog day care, kennels, catteries and pet shops
- dog grooming (if it's to meet an animal welfare need)
If you're a business and have some questions after reading this guidance you can email email@example.com.
- Public transport travel information and advice
- School travel
- Changes to parking charges for on-duty NHS staff and care workers
Local cases and deaths in Barnsley
Barnsley coronavirus response and recovery plans
Barnsley Outbreak Control Engagement Board and plan
We have an Outbreak Control Engagement Board which will help prevent the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19) within the borough and effectively manage outbreaks if and when they do happen.
Our Barnsley Outbreak Control Plan (OCP) is driving our approach to prevent, detect, respond to and reduce the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) among our communities.
We’ll not be complacent in our approach; our focus is on:
- using our local knowledge and expertise to boost the national NHS Test and Trace programme at a local level. We’re developing our COVID-19 support service to provide advice and guidance to residents, schools and businesses on self-isolation. The service is also following up the contact tracing of confirmed COVID-19 cases that have not successfully been contacted by the national programme.
- building on the financial support and advice that we’ve already provided to our local businesses by making plans to further support those who are most affected by the government’s new additional measures.
- prioritising support for Barnsley’s care homes and their residents, working with them to ensure they can continue to deliver safe and effective care. We’ll do this through financial support, help with guidance and advice from local NHS and social care teams, support with training and help to minimise the risks of increased infections. We’ll also do whatever we can to support families to keep in touch with loved ones living in care homes.
- making sure that residents that need our support the most get it through a range of support via our hardship funds and community assistance.
- supporting schools, colleges and early years settings to make sure they robust control measures in places, with updated risk assessments and outbreak control plans to keep children and young people safe. We continue to support them to deal with any positive cases and potential outbreaks quickly.
- developing a process to support people to self-isolate properly when they have symptoms, test positive or are told to by Test and Trace. We’ll be looking at how we can ensure compliance and work with South Yorkshire Police to enforce this when people are repeatedly not following the legislation.
- supporting our local businesses to operate safely, providing advice on how to follow the government’s legislation. We’ll be responding to concerns about businesses who are not following the legislation, working with colleagues at South Yorkshire Police to take enforcement action on those that are repeatedly putting people at risk.
- provide information, so people understand their role in protecting themselves, their families and their communities by adhering to social distancing measures, washing their hands, wearing a face covering and getting a test and self-isolating if they have symptoms.
- work closely with Public Health England and our local health partners to share information, resource and best practice so our response is the best it can be.
- pay very close attention to what the data is telling us about the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19); continuously reviewing our action plan so we can identify high-risk areas, target our support and respond to any changes, trends or potential outbreaks.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) recovery plan
We’re doing everything we can as a council to support our residents and businesses across the borough.