Thank you Barnsley for all you're doing
We want to say a big thank you to every resident that has worked with us throughout the last year and beyond to protect our borough.
Whilst restrictions may have been eased, we all know that COVID-19 is still around, and there are small actions we can all take to live safely with the virus.
Changes from Monday 19 July - step 4 of the COVID-19 roadmap
From Monday 19 July 2021 we'll be in step 4 of the government's COVID-19 roadmap. This means:
- You're no longer required to stay 2 metres apart from others, and limits to how many people you meet are no longer in place.
It’s important you still consider the risk when getting closer to others, as the more people you see over a short period of time and the closer you get, the higher the risk of catching and passing on the virus. Where possible try to meet outdoors and keep the number of different people you see over a short time to a minimum.
- The government is no longer instructing people to work from home if they can; instead they’re encouraging a gradual return to offices over summer.
- The requirement to wear face coverings in law has been lifted. However, the government expects and recommends that people wear face coverings in crowded areas such as on public transport. Find out more about face coverings, including the reason for using them, how to wear one correctly, and how you can make your own.
- There are no longer limits on the number of people who can attend weddings, civil partnerships, funerals and other life events (including receptions and celebrations). There's no requirement for table service at life events, or restrictions on singing or dancing. You should follow guidance for weddings and funerals to reduce risk and protect yourself and others.
- All remaining closed businesses and venues such as nightclubs and adult entertainment venues are able to reopen.
- All capacity limits at sporting, entertainment, or business events are lifted.
- Hospitality venues such as pubs, restaurants and bars are no longer be required to provide table service or follow other social distancing rules.
- COVID-19 passes are encouraged at larger events or in higher-risk settings. These are passes that show your vaccination or negative test result details. Find out more about the NHS COVID Pass on the NHS website.
Ways to stay safe
There are lots of safe behaviours we can all continue to follow to protect ourselves and those around us from COVID-19.
- Hand washing – wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds with soap and water, or use hand sanitiser if you’re out and about.
- Face coverings – whilst it's no longer law to wear a face covering in indoor public spaces, it's advisable to wear one where possible to reduce transmission. This is particularly encouraged in areas that are busier and where social distancing is harder, eg on public transport and in supermarkets.
- Make space – try to maintain a safe distance of two metres from people you don’t live with to reduce the risk of being a contact.
- Let fresh air in – where possible try to meet up outdoors as this will help to blow away any coronavirus particles in the air. If you do meet up indoors, open windows and doors to let fresh air circulate.
- Don’t be a contact – consider the number of different people you're meeting up with over a short amount of time. The more people you see, the higher the risk of you catching and passing on coronavirus to your family and friends.
- Keep close contact to a minimum – consider the number of different family members or friends you’re getting close to and try to keep this to a select number of people.
- Download the NHS COVID-19 app - it's the fastest way to see if you're at risk from coronavirus, alerting you if you've been near another app user who's tested positive. You can also check symptoms, book a test and get your result, keep track of your self-isolation, as well as access relevant advice.
- Get twice-weekly rapid tests - pick up your free twice weekly tests from your local pharmacy or order online and get your family testing twice weekly to help stop the spread of the virus.
- Assess the risk - when you’re heading out, remember to assess the risk:
- How busy is the area you’re visiting? If it's busy, try to spend as less time as possible in that area.
- Consider wearing a face covering in busy and crowded indoor areas.
- Can you meet up outdoors? The risk of catching and passing on coronavirus reduces if you meet up outside.
- Are the people I’m meeting vaccinated or more susceptible to the virus? Remember to consider the risk of getting closer to people who haven’t yet had both doses of their vaccine or if they’re more at risk of serious illness from coronavirus.
Testing for coronavirus
If you have symptoms of coronavirus
If you have symptoms of coronavirus you should get a PCR 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 so you can test yourself for the virus at home twice a week.
Isolation support and advice
- Find and request support during the coronavirus pandemic
- Self-isolation support pack
- Test and Trace support payments
Following extensive trials, safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines are approved for use in the UK and are being delivered according to the priority identified by the Joint Committee of Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI). Find out more about COVID-19 vaccination on NHS.UK.
Who can get the COVID-19 vaccine
You're eligible to be vaccinated if:
- you're aged 18 and over
- 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
- you're the main carer for someone at high risk from COVID-19
How to get a COVID-19 vaccine
If you're eligible to be vaccinated you can book to have your vaccine online or by calling 119.
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
- Facts and useful information about the COVID-19 vaccine
- 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)
- Full and partial school closures due to coronavirus
- Attending school during the coronavirus pandemic
- Supporting children with SEND during the coronavirus pandemic
Finance and housing
Health and wellbeing
- Mental health and wellbeing
- Ways to stay active: What's Your Move
- Supporting your recovery after having COVID-19
- How to use the internet to stay in touch with others
- How to avoid and report scams, and tips for staying safe
Getting Barnsley back in business
- How Barnsley's getting back in business
- How to make your workplace COVID-secure
- Resources to help you keep customers and workers safe
- Advice for close-contact businesses
- Request emergency personal protective equipment (PPE) for care workers
Travel advice and guidance
- Guidance for entering England - red, amber and green list rules
- Where to buy PCR tests ahead of travel (travel test providers)
Coronavirus intelligence for Barnsley
Each person in Barnsley has their own story of how they’ve managed throughout the pandemic. It’s clear from the COVID-19 stories shared with us that our communities working together has played a big part in this.
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.