We can all help to control coronavirus if we stay alert. To protect Barnsley everybody must:
- stay at home as much as possible
- work from home if you can
- continue to follow the rules on social distancing
- wash your hands regularly
- self-isolate if you or anyone in your household has symptoms
How to protect yourself
How to avoid catching or spreading coronavirus
To protect yourself and others:
- wash your hands with soap and water often; do this for at least 20 seconds
- always wash your hands as soon as you get home
- cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
- put used tissues in the bin straight away and wash your hands afterwards
- avoid close contact with people who are unwell
- do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
Visit the Public Health England website for handwashing information in large print, Easy Read, British Sign Language and Braille.
Mencap has lots of useful Easy Read information about COVID-19 on their website for people with learning difficulties.
What to do if you think you have symptoms
You should stay at home and self-isolate for at least seven 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)
- loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – 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.
Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if you think you have any of the symptoms. 111 will tell you what to do and help you get a test if you need one. You can call 111 if you cannot get help online. Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
Anyone you live with should also self-isolate and not leave your home for 14 days from when the first person in your home started having symptoms. Read the NHS guidance for staying at home if you, or someone you live with, has coronavirus symptoms.
Advice for protecting older people and those at high risk
You can read the governments advice for people who are at an increased risk of severe illness from coronavirus.
NHS coronavirus status checker
To help tackle coronavirus nationally, the NHS want to understand people's experiences of having COVID-19. They're asking members of the public to fill in this online form to tell the NHS about coronavirus symptoms. You don't need to have been tested and confirmed as having the virus to use it. The information is required to help to develop the UK response to coronavirus, so you'll be supporting the NHS by completing the form.
Testing for coronavirus
You can ask for a test to check if you have COVID-19 (coronavirus):
- for yourself - if you have coronavirus symptoms:
- a high temperature;
- a new, continuous cough; or
- loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
- for someone you live with, if they have coronavirus symptoms
When to apply for a test
You need to have the test within the first five days of having symptoms. It's best to ask for the test within the first three days as it may take a day or two to arrange.
What the test involves
The test usually involves taking a swab of the inside of your nose and the back of your throat, using a long cotton bud. You can do the swab yourself or someone can do it for you.
How to ask for a test
You can ask for a test to check if you have coronavirus on the NHS website:
If you're not able to access the internet to request a test you can call 119 instead.
When requesting a test you'll be asked:
- for details such as your name, mobile phone number and address;
- how you want to get the test – you might be able to choose between driving to a regional testing site or getting a home test kit.
Your health and wellbeing
- How you can look after your health and wellbeing
- How to stay active during the COVID-19 pandemic
- Using public rights of way when exercising
- Adult social care COVID-19 (coronavirus) update
- How to use the internet to stay in touch with others
Disruption to our services
There's currently disruption to some of our services, such as appointments, which may now be cancelled or postponed. Some of our facilities may also be closed.
- Bin collection disruptions
- Household waste recycling centre (tip) disruptions
- Registration service (births, deaths and marriages) disruptions
- Homeless and housing advice service disruptions
- Cancelled or postponed events
- Changes to council meetings and decisions
See a full list of disruptions to services and facilities.
Emergency contact centre
How you can help
Finance and housing
- Paying your council tax / Berneslai Homes rent
- Advice for Berneslai Homes tenants (including repairs advice)
- Advice for private rented tenants and landlords
- Homeless and housing advice
- Financial aid through the Local Welfare Assistance scheme
Businesses and other organisations
- Government business support
- Financial support to independent sector care providers
- Request emergency personal protective equipment (PPE) for care workers
- Report a business not complying with closure restrictions
Schools, children and adult education
- Plans for the safe and phased return to schools and early years settings
- School closures and advice for parents, carers and schools
- Free school meals during the COVID-19 pandemic
- School bus services
- Disruption to school admissions service
- Home learning resources
- Supporting children with SEND
- Accessing baby formula during the COVID-19 pandemic
Scams and staying safe
Useful support services
Find out how we process your personal data in response to COVID-19 (coronavirus).