Surrey Coronavirus Updates

The latest live information on Surrey Coronavirus cases and Surrey Coronavirus deaths. .

Surrey Coronavirus Cases & Deaths

We're committed to providing factual information, advice, and support for our community across Surrey on the global Coronavirus pandemic (Covid-19). We recommend that Surrey residents stay up-to-date on the latest Coronavirus stats and UK Gov guidelines regarding Coronavirus. The following data on Surrey Coronavirus cases and Surrey Coronavirus deaths are from official UK Gov sources.

Data Updates

Once a day the UK Gov and NHS England release the latest Coronavirus data for the previous day, our team update the Coronavirus stats. .

If you're experiencing issues with missing data or data that is out of date please clear your internet browser's cache and refresh this page. The data supplied by the UK Gov has on occasions been incomplete, been provided late, or contained errors, if this is the case the data is usually fixed automatically within 24 hours.

National, County & Local Updates

Our Surrey Coronavirus Hub contains the latest Cororonavirus Case and Deaths data on a national, county, and borough level: UK; Surrey; Elmbridge, Epsom and Ewell, Guildford, Mole Valley, Reigate and Banstead, Runnymede, Spelthorne, Surrey Heath, Tandridge, Waverley, and Woking.

3 Tier System, from 2nd December 2020

The UK Gov has updated the 3 Tier System which will be in place from Wednesday 2 December 2020. This will be a tougher version of the tier system that existed before the 2nd England Lockdown

This will consist of Tier 1 Medium Alert, Tier 2 High Alert, and Tier 3 Very High Alert.

On Thursday 26 November the government announced the whole of Surrey will be in Tier 2 High Alert.

Please see the '3 Tier System' & 'Surrey Tiers' sections below for further information

2nd England Lockdown, from 5th November 2020

PM Boris Johnson announced on Saturday 31st October a 2nd England lockdown. This is similar to the 1st lockdown early in 2020 but with some important differences such as schools and colleges remaining open.

The 2nd England Lockdown will end on 2nd December 2020 and be replaced by the 3 Tier System.

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Face Masks

It is mandatory to wear a face mask covering your nose and mouth in shops, on public transport in England, and other indoor spaces where social distancing may be hard to do.

Hand Sanitiser

We recommend using a 60-95% alcohol content hand sanitiser before entering and after leaving shops. Also it is good practice to use it before putting on your face mask and before taking your face mask off.

Hand Washing

Don't forget to wash your hands regularly and thoroughly with warm water and soap for about 20 seconds. We recommend washing your hands right away when you get back home.

Clean Contact Surfaces

When cleaning your home, don't forget to disinfect contact surfaces such as doorknobs, door handles, light switches, remotes, etc.

UK Cases

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The latest figures of total UK cases and new daily UK cases provided by UK Gov.

Total UK CasesNew UK Cases

Total UK Cases - Total number of lab-confirmed UK cases. Total number of people who have had a positive test result.

New UK Cases - Daily number of lab-confirmed UK cases. Number of additional cases.

UK Deaths

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The latest figures of total UK deaths and new daily UK deaths provided by UK Gov.

Total UK DeathsNew UK Deaths

Total UK Deaths - Total number of COVID-19 associated UK deaths. Deaths of people who have had a positive test result.

New UK Deaths - Daily number of COVID-19 associated UK deaths. Number of additional deaths.

Surrey Cases

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The latest figures of total Surrey cases and new daily Surrey cases provided by UK Gov.

Total Surrey CasesDaily Surrey Cases

Total Surrey Cases - Total number of lab-confirmed Surrey cases. Total number of people who have had a positive test result.

New Surrey Cases - Daily number of lab-confirmed Surrey cases. Number of additional cases.

Surrey Deaths

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The latest figures of total Surrey hospital deaths and daily deaths provided by UK Gov. This data shows lab confirmed hospital deaths only. The deaths shown below are for the Upper Tier LEA Surrey as defined by the UK Gov.

Total Surrey DeathsDaily Surrey Deaths

Total Surrey Deaths - Total number of deaths of people who have had a positive test result for COVID-19 in Surrey.

New Surrey Deaths - Daily number of deaths of people who have had a positive test result for COVID-19 in Surrey.

Surrey Borough Cases

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The latest figures of total cases and new cases by Surrey Boroughs provided by UK Gov. This data shows lab confirmed cases in Surrey Boroughs only. Data is for the following Surrey boroughs: Elmbridge, Epsom and Ewell, Guildford, Mole Valley, Reigate and Banstead, Runnymede, Spelthorne, Surrey Heath, Tandridge, Waverley, and Woking.

BoroughTotal CasesNew Cases
Elmbridge
Long Ditton, Thames Ditton, Hinchley Wood, Claygate, Weston Green, East Molesey, Esher, Oxshott, Hersham, West Molesey, Walton on Thames, Cobham, Stoke D'Abernon, and Weybridge
Epsom and Ewell
Ewell, Epsom, Stoneleigh, and Worcester Park
Guildford
Guildford, Bellfields, Boxgrove, Onslow Village, Park Barn, Stoughton, Westborough, Burpham, and Merrow
Mole Valley
Dorking, Leatherhead, Abinger, Ashtead, Capel, Betchworth, Brockham, Buckland, Charlwood, Fetcham, Great Bookham, Headley, Holmwood, Leigh, Little Bookham, Mickleham, Newdigate, Ockley, Ranmore, Westcott, Westhumble, and Wotton
Reigate and Banstead
Banstead, Burgh Heath, Nork, Kingswood, Chipstead, Woodmansterne Park, Hooley, Netherne-on-the-Hill, Redhill, Earlswood, Meadvale, Merstham, Whitebushes, South Earlswood, Salfords, Horley, Sidlow, Reigate, Gatton, South Park, Flanchford, Woodhatch, Walton-on-the-Hill, Mogador, Margery, Tadworth, The Tattenhams, and Epsom Downs
Runnymede
Addlestone, Chertsey, Egham, Egham Hythe, Virginia Water, Englefield Green, and Thorpe
Spelthorne
Staines-upon-Thames, Ashford, Sunbury-on-Thames, Shepperton, Stanwell, and Laleham
Surrey Heath
Camberley, Lightwater, Bagshot, Windlesham, Chobham, West End, and Bisley
Tandridge
Bletchingley, Burstow, Caterham, Chaldon, Chelsham, Crowhurst, Dormansland, Farleigh, Felbridge, Godstone, Horne, Limpsfield, Lingfield, Outwood, Oxted, Nutfield, Tandridge, Tatsfield, Tisey, Warlingham, Whyteleafe, and Woldingham
Waverley
Godalming, Farnham, Haslemere, and Cranleigh
Woking
Brookwood, Byfleet, Knaphill, Mayford, West Byfleet, and Woking

Total Borough Cases - Total number of lab-confirmed borough cases. Total number of people who have had a positive test result.

New Borough Cases - Daily number of lab-confirmed borough cases. Number of additional cases.

Surrey Borough Deaths

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The latest figures of total deaths and new deaths by Surrey Boroughs provided by UK Gov. This data shows lab confirmed deaths in Surrey Boroughs only. Data is for the following Surrey boroughs: Elmbridge, Epsom and Ewell, Guildford, Mole Valley, Reigate and Banstead, Runnymede, Spelthorne, Surrey Heath, Tandridge, Waverley, and Woking.

BoroughTotal DeathsNew Deaths
Elmbridge
Long Ditton, Thames Ditton, Hinchley Wood, Claygate, Weston Green, East Molesey, Esher, Oxshott, Hersham, West Molesey, Walton on Thames, Cobham, Stoke D'Abernon, and Weybridge
Epsom and Ewell
Ewell, Epsom, Stoneleigh, and Worcester Park
Guildford
Guildford, Bellfields, Boxgrove, Onslow Village, Park Barn, Stoughton, Westborough, Burpham, and Merrow
Mole Valley
Dorking, Leatherhead, Abinger, Ashtead, Capel, Betchworth, Brockham, Buckland, Charlwood, Fetcham, Great Bookham, Headley, Holmwood, Leigh, Little Bookham, Mickleham, Newdigate, Ockley, Ranmore, Westcott, Westhumble, and Wotton
Reigate and Banstead
Banstead, Burgh Heath, Nork, Kingswood, Chipstead, Woodmansterne Park, Hooley, Netherne-on-the-Hill, Redhill, Earlswood, Meadvale, Merstham, Whitebushes, South Earlswood, Salfords, Horley, Sidlow, Reigate, Gatton, South Park, Flanchford, Woodhatch, Walton-on-the-Hill, Mogador, Margery, Tadworth, The Tattenhams, and Epsom Downs
Runnymede
Addlestone, Chertsey, Egham, Egham Hythe, Virginia Water, Englefield Green, and Thorpe
Spelthorne
Staines-upon-Thames, Ashford, Sunbury-on-Thames, Shepperton, Stanwell, and Laleham
Surrey Heath
Camberley, Lightwater, Bagshot, Windlesham, Chobham, West End, and Bisley
Tandridge
Bletchingley, Burstow, Caterham, Chaldon, Chelsham, Crowhurst, Dormansland, Farleigh, Felbridge, Godstone, Horne, Limpsfield, Lingfield, Outwood, Oxted, Nutfield, Tandridge, Tatsfield, Tisey, Warlingham, Whyteleafe, and Woldingham
Waverley
Godalming, Farnham, Haslemere, and Cranleigh
Woking
Brookwood, Byfleet, Knaphill, Mayford, West Byfleet, and Woking

Total Borough Deaths - Total number of deaths of people who have had a positive test result for COVID-19 in Surrey boroughs.

New Borough Deaths - Daily number of deaths of people who have had a positive test result for COVID-19 in Surrey boroughs.

3 Tier System

Information last updated on Thursday 26 November 2020.

Information on the tougher local 3 Tier System. Every local area of Surrey as of 2nd December 2020 falls into one of three levels - Tier 1 Medium Alert, Tier 2 High Alert, and Tier 3 Very High Alert.

  • All Tiers

    Across all tiers, everyone:

    • must wear a face covering in most indoor public settings, unless they have an exemption
    • should follow the rules on meeting others safely
    • should attend school or college as normal, unless they are self-isolating. Schools, universities, colleges and early years settings remain open in all tiers
    • should walk or cycle where possible, plan ahead and avoid busy times and routes when travelling
    • must follow the gathering limits at their tier except for in specific settings and circumstances. These exemptions are detailed at the end of this guidance

    Visits to care homes can take place with arrangements such as substantial screens, visiting pods, and window visits. Regular testing will be offered to up to 2 family members or friends per resident by Christmas, which – when combined with other infection-control measures such as PPE – will support indoor visits with physical contact. Detailed guidance will be published shortly.

    All businesses and venues that are open are expected to follow COVID-19 secure guidelines to protect customers, visitors and workers. In all tiers, the following businesses and venues can remain open:

    • essential and non-essential retail, including indoor and outdoor markets and car boot sales
    • certain leisure and sporting facilities such as gyms, sports courts and facilities, leisure centres, fitness and dance studios, golf courses, swimming pools, riding centres, outdoor playgrounds – subject to relevant social contact rules in each tier. Indoor group activities and classes should not take place at tier 3
    • personal care and close contact services such as hairdressers and barbers, beauty salons, tattoo parlours, nail salons, spas and beauty services, massage parlours and tanning salons
    • public buildings, such as libraries, community centres and halls. They should not host events for private hire, such as birthday parties or most other social activities in tier 3
    • allotments, recycling and waste centres, public toilets, car parks
    • essential public services such as the NHS and medical services, courts, and jobcentre plus sites
    • places of worship – communal worship can now resume, subject to relevant social contact rules in each tier

    Everyone who can work from home should do so. Where people cannot do so – including, but not limited to, people who work in critical national infrastructure, construction, or manufacturing – they should continue to travel to their workplace. Public-sector employees working in essential services, including education settings, should continue to go into work where necessary.

  • Tier 1 Medium Alert

    In tier 1:

    • you must not socialise in groups larger than 6 people, indoors or outdoors, other than where a legal exemption applies. This is called the ‘rule of 6’
    • businesses and venues can remain open, in a COVID secure manner, other than those which remain closed by law, such as nightclubs
    • hospitality businesses selling food or drink for consumption on their premises are required to:
    • provide table service only, for premises that serve alcohol
    • close between 11pm and 5am (hospitality venues in airports, ports, on transport services and in motorway service areas are exempt)
    • stop taking orders after 10pm
    • hospitality businesses and venues selling food and drink for consumption off the premises can continue to do so after 10pm as long as this is through delivery service, click-and-collect or drive-through
    • early closure (11pm) applies to casinos, cinemas, theatres, concert halls, museums, bowling alleys, amusement arcades, funfairs, theme parks, adventure parks and activities and bingo halls. Cinemas, theatres and concert halls can stay open beyond 11pm in order to conclude performances that start before 10pm
    • public attendance at outdoor and indoor events (performances and shows) is permitted, limited to whichever is lower: 50% capacity, or either 4,000 people outdoors or 1,000 people indoors
    • public attendance at spectator sport and business events can resume inside and outside, subject to social contact rules and limited to whichever is lower: 50% capacity, or either 4,000 people outdoors or 1,000 people indoors
    • places of worship remain open, but you must not attend or socialise in groups of more than 6 people while there, unless a legal exemption applies
    • weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on numbers of attendees – 15 people can attend wedding ceremonies and receptions, 30 people can attend funeral ceremonies, and 15 people can attend linked commemorative events
    • organised outdoor sport, physical activity and exercise classes can continue
    • organised indoor sport, physical activity and exercise classes can continue to take place, if the rule of 6 is followed. There are exceptions for indoor disability sport, sport for educational purposes, and supervised sport and physical activity for under-18s, which can take place with larger groups mixing
    • if you live in a tier 1 area and travel to an area in a higher tier you should follow the rules for that area while you are there. Avoid travel to or overnight stays in tier 3 areas other than where necessary, such as for work, education, youth services, to receive medical treatment, or because of caring responsibilities. You can travel through a tier 3 area as part of a longer journey
    • for international travel see the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office travel advice for your destination and the travel corridors list
  • Tier 2 High Alert

    This is for areas with a higher or rapidly rising level of infections, where some additional restrictions need to be in place.

    In tier 2:

    • you must not socialise with anyone you do not live with or who is not in your support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place
    • you must not socialise in a group of more than 6 people outside, including in a garden or a public space – this is called the ‘rule of 6’
    • businesses and venues can continue to operate, in a COVID-Secure manner, other than those which remain closed by law, such as nightclubs
    • pubs and bars must close, unless operating as restaurants. Hospitality venues can only serve alcohol with substantial meals
    • hospitality businesses selling food or drink for consumption on their premises are required to: provide table service only, in premises which sell alcohol; close between 11pm and 5am (hospitality venues in airports, ports, transport services and motorway service areas are exempt); stop taking orders after 10pm
    • hospitality businesses and venues selling food and drink for consumption off the premises can continue to do so after 10pm as long as this is through delivery service, click-and-collect or drive-through
    • early closure (11pm) applies to casinos, cinemas, theatres, museums, bowling alleys, amusement arcades, funfairs, theme parks, adventure parks and activities, and bingo halls. Cinemas, theatres and concert halls can stay open beyond 11pm in order to conclude performances that start before 10pm
    • public attendance at outdoor and indoor events (performances and shows) is permitted, limited to whichever is lower: 50% capacity, or either 2,000 people outdoors or 1,000 people indoors
    • public attendance at spectator sport and business events can resume inside and outside, subject to social contact rules and limited to whichever is lower: 50% capacity, or either 2,000 people outdoors or 1,000 people indoors
    • places of worship remain open but you must not socialise with people from outside of your household or support bubble while you are indoors there, unless a legal exemption applies
    • weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on numbers of attendees – 15 people can attend wedding ceremonies and receptions, 30 people can attend funeral ceremonies, and 15 people can attend linked commemorative events such as wakes or stonesettings.
    • organised outdoor sport, and physical activity and exercise classes can continue
    • organised indoor sport, physical activity and exercise classes will only be permitted if it is possible for people to avoid mixing with people they do not live with (or share a support bubble with). There are exceptions for indoor disability sport, sport for educational purposes and supervised sport and physical activity for under-18s, which can take place with larger groups mixing
    • you can continue to travel to venues or amenities which are open, but should aim to reduce the number of journeys you make where possible
    • if you live in a tier 2 area, you must continue to follow tier 2 rules when you travel to a tier 1 area. Avoid travel to or overnight stays in tier 3 areas other than where necessary, such as for work, education, youth services, to receive medical treatment, or because of caring responsibilities.You can travel through a tier 3 area as a part of a longer journey
    • for international travel see the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office travel advice for your destination and the travel corridors list
  • Tier 3 Very High Alert

    This is for areas with a very high or very rapidly rising level of infections, where tighter restrictions are in place.

    In tier 3:

    • you must not meet socially indoors or in most outdoor places with anybody you do not live with, or who is not in your support bubble, this includes in any private garden or at most outdoor venues
    • you must not socialise in a group of more than 6 in some other outdoor public spaces, including parks, beaches, countryside accessible to the public, a public garden, grounds of a heritage site or castle, or a sports facility – this is called the ‘rule of 6’
    • hospitality settings, such as bars (including shisha venues), pubs, cafes and restaurants are closed – they are permitted to continue sales by takeaway, click-and-collect, drive-through or delivery services.
    • accommodation such as hotels, B&Bs, campsites, and guest houses must close. There are several exemptions, such as for those who use these venues as their main residence, and those requiring the venues where it is reasonably necessary for work or education and training
    • indoor entertainment and tourist venues must close. This includes: indoor play centres and areas, including trampolining parks and soft play; casinos; bingo halls; bowling alleys; skating rinks; amusement arcades and adult gaming centres; laser quests and escape rooms; cinemas, theatres and concert halls; snooker halls.
    • indoor attractions at mostly outdoor entertainment venues must also close (indoor shops, through-ways and public toilets at such attractions can remain open). This includes indoor attractions within: zoos, safari parks, and wildlife reserves; aquariums, visitor attractions at farms, and other animal attractions; model villages; museums, galleries and sculpture parks; botanical gardens, biomes or greenhouses; theme parks, circuses, fairgrounds and funfairs; visitor attractions at film studios, heritage sites such as castles and stately homes; landmarks including observation decks and viewing platforms
    • leisure and sports facilities may continue to stay open, but group exercise classes (including fitness and dance) should not go ahead. Saunas and steam rooms should close
    • there should be no public attendance at spectator sport or indoor performances and large business events should not be taking place. Elite sport events may continue to take place without spectators
    • large outdoor events (performances and shows) should not take place, with the exception of drive-in events
    • places of worship remain open, but you must not attend with or socialise with anyone outside of your household or support bubble while you are there, unless a legal exemption applies
    • weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on the number of attendees – 15 people can attend wedding ceremonies, wedding receptions are not allowed, 30 people can attend funeral ceremonies, 15 people can attend linked commemorative events
    • organised outdoor sport, and physical activity and exercise classes can continue, however higher-risk contact activity should not take place
    • organised indoor sport, physical activity and exercise classes cannot take place indoors. There are exceptions for indoor disability sport, sport for educational purposes and supervised sport and physical activity for under-18s
    • you can continue to travel to venues or amenities which are open, but should aim to reduce the number of journeys you make where possible
    • avoid travelling to other parts of the UK, including for overnight stays other than where necessary, such as for work, education, youth services, to receive medical treatment, or because of caring responsibilities. You can travel through other areas as part of a longer journey
    • for international travel see the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office travel advice for your destination and the travel corridors list
  • Exemptions from gatherings limits in all tiers
    • as part of a single household, or a support bubble
    • for work or providing voluntary or charitable services, including in other people’s homes
    • for childcare, education or training – meaning education and training provided as part of a formal curriculum
    • for supervised activities provided for children, including wraparound care (before and after-school childcare), groups and activities for under 18s, and children’s playgroups
    • for formal support groups, and parent and child groups – up to 15 people aged 5 and older
    • to allow contact between birth parents and children in care, as well as between siblings in care
    • for arrangements where children do not live in the same household as both their parents or guardians
    • for prospective adopting parents to meet a child or children who may be placed with them
    • for birth partners
    • to attend a funeral – with no more than 30 people present – or a commemorative event such as a wake for someone who has died – with no more than 15 people present
    • to see someone who is terminally ill or at the end of life
    • to attend a wedding or civil partnership – with no more than 15 people present
    • to provide emergency assistance
    • to avoid injury or illness, or to escape a risk of harm
    • to fulfil a legal obligation, such as attending court or jury service
    • to provide care or assistance to someone vulnerable or to provide respite for a carer
    • to facilitate moving home
  • Rules for Christmas

    Between 23 and 27 December:

    • you can form an exclusive ‘Christmas bubble’ composed of people from no more than three households
    • you can only be in one Christmas bubble
    • you cannot change your Christmas bubble
    • you can travel between tiers and UK nations for the purposes of meeting your Christmas bubble
    • you can only meet your Christmas bubble in private homes or in your garden, places of worship, or public outdoor spaces
    • you can continue to meet people who are not in your Christmas bubble outside your home according to the rules in the tier where you are staying
    • you cannot meet someone in a private dwelling who is not part of your household or Christmas bubble

    You should travel to meet those in your Christmas bubble and return home between the 23 and 27 December. Anyone travelling to or from Northern Ireland may travel on the 22 and 28 December.

    For further information please see the UK Gov guidance 'Making a Christmas bubble with friends and family'.

This information is provided by the UK Gov and you can read the full details regarding the 3 Tier System online at UK Gov 3 Tier System.

Surrey Tiers

Information last updated on Thursday 26 November 2020.

The UK Gov announced on Thursday 26 November 2020 that the whole of Surrey, including all 11 Surrey boroughs and districts will be placed in Tier 2 High Alert at the immediately after the 2nd England Lockdown.

Covid-19 Infection Rates

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The latest figures of infection rates for England, South East England, Surrey, and Surrey Borough as provided by the UK Gov. This data shows the rate of infection per 100,000 population. The rates per 100,000 resident population give a fairer comparison of the number of cases in each area but they do not take account of the different rates of testing or differences in the age and sex of the local populations. Only data available for the latest reported date are shown. This data shows the infection rate for the entire pandemic period.

AreaRateRate Change
England
South East England
Surrey
Elmbridge
Long Ditton, Thames Ditton, Hinchley Wood, Claygate, Weston Green, East Molesey, Esher, Oxshott, Hersham, West Molesey, Walton on Thames, Cobham, Stoke D'Abernon, and Weybridge
Epsom and Ewell
Ewell, Epsom, Stoneleigh, and Worcester Park
Guildford
Guildford, Bellfields, Boxgrove, Onslow Village, Park Barn, Stoughton, Westborough, Burpham, and Merrow
Mole Valley
Dorking, Leatherhead, Abinger, Ashtead, Capel, Betchworth, Brockham, Buckland, Charlwood, Fetcham, Great Bookham, Headley, Holmwood, Leigh, Little Bookham, Mickleham, Newdigate, Ockley, Ranmore, Westcott, Westhumble, and Wotton
Reigate and Banstead
Banstead, Burgh Heath, Nork, Kingswood, Chipstead, Woodmansterne Park, Hooley, Netherne-on-the-Hill, Redhill, Earlswood, Meadvale, Merstham, Whitebushes, South Earlswood, Salfords, Horley, Sidlow, Reigate, Gatton, South Park, Flanchford, Woodhatch, Walton-on-the-Hill, Mogador, Margery, Tadworth, The Tattenhams, and Epsom Downs
Runnymede
Addlestone, Chertsey, Egham, Egham Hythe, Virginia Water, Englefield Green, and Thorpe
Spelthorne
Staines-upon-Thames, Ashford, Sunbury-on-Thames, Shepperton, Stanwell, and Laleham
Surrey Heath
Camberley, Lightwater, Bagshot, Windlesham, Chobham, West End, and Bisley
Tandridge
Bletchingley, Burstow, Caterham, Chaldon, Chelsham, Crowhurst, Dormansland, Farleigh, Felbridge, Godstone, Horne, Limpsfield, Lingfield, Outwood, Oxted, Nutfield, Tandridge, Tatsfield, Tisey, Warlingham, Whyteleafe, and Woldingham
Waverley
Godalming, Farnham, Haslemere, and Cranleigh
Woking
Brookwood, Byfleet, Knaphill, Mayford, West Byfleet, and Woking

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26 Nov 2020

Tier System Statement by Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care

“On 23 November, the Prime Minister set out our COVID-19 Winter Plan in Parliament. Our COVID-19 Winter Plan puts forward the UK Government’s programme for suppressing the virus, protecting the NHS and the vulnerable, keeping education and the economy going, and providing a route back to normality.

Thanks to the shared sacrifice of everyone in recent weeks, in following the national restrictions, we have been able to start to bring the virus back under control and slow its growth, easing some of the pressure on the NHS.

We will do this by returning to a regional tiered approach, saving the toughest measures for the parts of the country where prevalence remains too high.

The tiering approach provides a framework that, if used firmly, should prevent the need to introduce stricter national measures.

On 2 December we will lift the national restrictions across all of England and the following restrictions will be eased:

  1. The stay-at-home requirement will end.
  2. Non-essential retail, gyms, personal care will reopen. The wider leisure and entertainment sectors will also reopen, although to varying degrees.
  3. Communal worship, weddings and outdoor sports can resume.
  4. People will no longer be limited to seeing one other person in outdoor public spaces, where the rule of 6 will now apply.

The new regulations set out the restrictions applicable in each tier. We have taken into account advice from SAGE on the impact of the previous tiers to strengthen the measures in the tiers, and help enable areas to move more swiftly into lower tiers.

The changes to the tiers are as follows:

  • In tier 1, the Government will reinforce the importance that, where people can work from home, they should do so.
  • In tier 2, hospitality settings that serve alcohol must close, unless operating as restaurants. Hospitality venues can only serve alcohol with substantial meals.
  • In tier 3, hospitality will close except for delivery, drive-through and takeaway, hotels and other accommodation providers must close (except for specific exemptions, such as people staying for work purposes, where people are attending a funeral, or where they cannot return home) and indoor entertainment venues such as cinemas, theatres and bowling allies must also close. Elite sport will be played without spectators. Organised outdoor sport can resume, but the Government will advise against higher risk contact sports.

These are not easy decisions, but they have been made according to the best clinical advice, and the criteria that we set out in the Covid-19 Winter Plan.

These are:

  1. Case detection rates in all age groups
  2. Case detection rates in the over 60s
  3. The rate at which cases are rising or falling
  4. Positivity rate (the number of positive cases detected as a percentage of tests taken)
  5. Pressure on the NHS.

The indicators have been designed to give the Government a picture of what is happening with the virus in any area so that suitable action can be taken. These key indicators need to be viewed in the context of how they interact with each other as well as the wider context but provide an important framework for decision making – assessing the underlying prevalence in addition to how the spread of the disease is changing in areas. Given these sensitivities, it is not possible to set rigid thresholds for these indicators.

The regulations will require the Government to review the allocations every 14 days, with the first review complete by the end of 16 December.

We have been able to announce UK-wide arrangements for Christmas, allowing friends and loved ones to reunite, and form a Christmas bubble of three households for five days over the Christmas period.

We have increased funding through our Contain Outbreak Management Fund, which will provide monthly payments to local authorities facing higher restrictions.

We are also launching a major community testing programme, honing in on the areas with the greatest rate of infection.

This programme is open to local authorities in Tier 3 areas and offers help to get out of the toughest restrictions as fast as possible.

The attached areas will be in each tier from the 2 December. This list will also be published on gov.uk and a postcode tracker will be available for the public to check what rules apply in their local area.”

Source
Covid-19 Update Statement made on 26 November 2020

26 Nov 2020

Surrey County Council Tier System Update

‘From Wednesday, 2nd December, the whole of Surrey will be placed into tier 2, the High Local Covid Alert Level.

The High alert level is for areas with a higher level of infections and means some additional restrictions will be necessary to slow the spread of the virus.

This means that if you live in Surrey you must not mix with people who don’t live in your house (or aren’t in your support bubble) in any indoor setting.

The ‘rule of 6’ – mixing in groups of no more than 6 people in total – will apply outside, including in private gardens and public spaces.

Surrey businesses can continue to operate in a Covid-secure way, but pubs and bars must close, unless they are operating as restaurants and serving substantial meals.

This is in addition to guidelines in place on wearing face coverings, social distancing, and working from home when possible. If you can’t work from home you should walk or cycle where possible, or try to avoid busy times on public transport.

Tim Oliver, Leader of Surrey County Council said:

“I know that this is not the news that some of us wanted to hear after 4 weeks of national restrictions but I do want to thank all our residents for their patience and continued commitment in following the public health guidance – it has had an impact – and on the whole their actions have kept cases down across the county.

“The coming weeks and months will continue to be a challenge to us all, but we cannot be complacent and must continue to do all we can to reduce the spread of this virus.”’

Source
Surrey County Council

25 Nov 2020

Covid & Christmas: Understanding the guidance

The UK Gov has announced the guidance for Christmas in the midst of the Covid-19 Pandemic.

This information is from the UK Gov article on ‘Making a Christmas bubble with friends and family‘.

In summary, between 23rd and 27th December 2020 you can:

  • you can form an exclusive ‘Christmas bubble’ composed of people from no more than three households
  • you can only be in one Christmas bubble
  • you cannot change your Christmas bubble
  • you can travel between tiers and UK nations for the purposes of meeting your Christmas bubble
  • you can only meet your Christmas bubble in private homes or in your garden, places of worship, or public outdoor spaces
  • you can continue to meet people who are not in your Christmas bubble outside your home according to the rules in the tier where you are staying
  • you cannot meet someone in a private dwelling who is not part of your household or Christmas bubble

We recommend that you read the information in full and take this guidance as the best-case scenario to ensure a near-normal holiday season. However, the Covid-19 pandemic is still ongoing and it is recommended to take extra precautions especially if you may come into contact with anyone who may have underlying health conditions or is elderly.

As always:

  • follow the rules
  • wear a mask covering your nose and mouth
  • wash your hands thoroughly with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds
  • use hand santiser when out and about
  • keep social distancing
31 Oct 2020

Breaking News: 4 Week Lockdown in England

Starting on Thursday 5th November 2020 to Wednesday 2nd December 2020 England will be in lockdown.

‘Stay at home’ from Thursday, says Johnson

The basic message from PM Boris Johnson is ‘stay at home’ from Thursday.

“Now is the time to take action because there is no alternative,” the PM says.

He says from Thursday people in England “must stay at home”.

Measures will end on 2 December

Johnson confirms the measures will end on 2 December.

He says, at that point: “We’ll seek to ease restrictions, going back into the tiered system on a local and a regional basis according to the latest data and trends.”

Some of the exceptions for which people can leave their homes, including:

  • for education
  • for work, if you cannot work from home
  • for exercise and recreation outdoors
  • for medical reasons
  • to shop for food and essentials
  • to care for others

Schools, colleges and universities to remain open

Unlike the first national lockdown, schools, colleges and universities will be allowed to stay open.

“We cannot let this virus damage our children’s futures even more than it has already,” says Johnson.

He urges parents to continue sending their children to school.

Johnson extends the furlough scheme

The PM says he is under “no illusions” about how difficult it will be for businesses – he says he is “truly sorry” for that.

He is extending the furlough scheme through November, he says.

31 Oct 2020

PM Boris Johnson set to announce new England lockdown

Boris Johnson is due to hold a news conference from Downing Street shortly.

It is expected that he will outline a new four-week lockdown across England from Thursday – to try to keep the levels of coronavirus under control.

He will be joined by the UK’s chief medical adviser Chris Whitty and chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance

It is thought that schools and universities will be kept open throughout this new measure, unlike in the lockdown earlier this year

One model, seen by the government, forecasts 4,000 deaths a day if no action is taken

Over the past seven days, the UK has averaged almost 23,000 new cases a day, and 237 deaths with coronavirus

According to unconfirmed sources, the measures are due to come into force on Thursday and will last until 2 December.

31 Oct 2020

1 Million Coronavirus Cases

The UK, sadly, has now reached a significant milestone of 1 million lab-confirmed Coronavirus cases.

Today, there were an additional 21,915 cases in the UK bringing the total tally up to 1,011,660.

This milestone also comes as the UK Gov has announced a press conference to announce a second England lockdown.

16 Oct 2020

Covid Alert: "Message from the Leader of Elmbridge Borough Council"

“Following the Government’s announcement earlier this week of a new alert tiering system for COVID-19, the borough of Elmbridge has been moved to Tier 2 –‘high’, taking effect from one minute past midnight on Saturday 17 October.

What this means is that the rate of COVID infections in the borough has risen to a level which demands swift action to stop the spread of the virus.

The list of Tier 2 measures can be found on the Government’s website.  Most notably, Tier 2 prohibits people socialising outside of their household or bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place.

I know this will come as a blow to many of our residents and businesses. However, I would like to reassure our residents that Elmbridge Borough Council is doing all we can to help protect the residents of our borough. We are working with Public Health, with Surrey County Council and with other partners to communicate the message far and wide so as a community we can work to lower COVID cases in Elmbridge.

We are also working on increasing mobile testing units and the use of home testing kits in the borough and bringing in COVID ambassadors to help advise and answer any questions from our residents (there will be more information on this in the coming days).

Officers and Councillors from around the council are coordinating to ensure we support our residents and businesses as we act together to protect our borough and to stop the spread of this virus.

We thank you for your support.

Councillor Stuart Selleck
Leader, Elmbridge Borough Council

Date published: 16 October 2020″

Source
elmbridge.gov.uk

15 Oct 2020

Covid Alert: "Elmbridge moves to Tier 2 of Government’s new local COVID alert level"

“It has been announced that Elmbridge Borough will move into Tier 2 of the Government’s new three-tier system for England, meaning they are now deemed an area of HIGH risk.

The change will be implemented from one minute past midnight (00.01) on Saturday 17th October.

Under the country’s new Local Covid Alert Level system, Tier 2 is for areas with a higher rate of infections and means some additional restrictions will be necessary to slow the spread of the virus. This primarily aims to reduce household to household transmission by preventing all mixing between households or support bubbles indoors. The Rule of Six will apply in outdoor spaces, including private gardens.

The new restrictions for Elmbridge Borough will include:

  • no socialising with people you don’t live with, or who aren’t in your support bubble, in any indoor setting
  • the rule of 6 still applies outdoors, including private gardens, beaches or parks

This is in addition to national restrictions already in place on wearing face coverings, social distancing, and working from home when possible. If you can’t work from home you should walk or cycle where possible, or try to avoid busy times on public transport.

Tim Oliver, Leader of Surrey County Council, said:

“We know that the last 6 months has been incredibly challenging for residents but we really must all come together now to do what we can to overcome this virus. Sadly, in keeping with the picture we are seeing nationally, cases in the county are still increasing across the board.

“The news today that rates have continued to rise sharply in Elmbridge means there is absolutely no room for complacency and residents in this area will now see some measures introduced to help curb the spread.

“In this area specifically, we will now need to limit social contact by limiting the number of people we’re in contact with socially. The new restrictions for Elmbridge mean that you must not mix with anyone outside of your household or bubble indoors and you must not mix in groups of more than 6 if you are outside.

“I’m grateful to all our residents for their perseverance in following the guidelines since March. But we must step it up now, to protect our loved ones, our NHS, and our businesses.”

“If we all follow the new restrictions we still have the chance to slow infection rates and prevent further restrictions in Elmbridge and the rest of Surrey.”

– ENDS –

FURTHER INFORMATION:

Local COVID alert level: high

This is for areas with a higher level of infections where some additional restrictions are in place.

This means that:

  • you must not socialise with anybody outside of your household or support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place
  • you must not socialise in a group of more than 6 outside, including in a garden or other spaces like beaches or parks (other than where specific exemptions apply in law)
  • businesses and venues can continue to operate, in a COVID-secure manner, other than those that remain closed in law
  • certain businesses are required to ensure customers only consume food and drink while seated, and must close between 10pm and 5am
  • businesses and venues selling food for consumption off the premises can continue to do so after 10pm as long as this is through delivery service, click-and-collect or drive-through
  • schools, universities and places of worship remain open
  • weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on the number of attendees
  • exercise classes and organised sport can continue to take place outdoors. These will only be permitted indoors if it is possible for people to avoid mixing with people they do not live with or share a support bubble with, or for youth or disability sport
  • you can continue to travel to venues or amenities that are open, for work or to access education, but should look to reduce the number of journeys you make where possible

You must:

  • wear a face covering in those areas where this is mandated

You should continue to:

  • follow social distancing rules
  • work from home where you can effectively do so
  • walk or cycle where possible, or plan ahead and avoid busy times and routes on public transport

Find out more here.

Information on the new local COVID alert levels, Medium, High and Very High, including what they mean in terms of what you can and can’t do and why they are being introduced.

gov.uk/coronavirus

Residents can check what the current alert level is in their area here:

gov.uk/guidance/

Source

news.surreycc.gov.uk

15 Oct 2020

Covid Alert: Elmbridge moves to 'High' alert level - Tier Two

Elmbridge, including Walton, Cobham, Weybridge, Esher and Molesey, will move up an alert level to ‘High’ alert level Tier Two.

Tighter lockdown rules will come into force for Elmbridge one minute past midnight on Saturday (17th October) following an announcement from Health Secretary Matt Hancock in the House of Commons on Thursday (15th October).

14 Oct 2020

Surrey Alert Level: Tier One

Surrey County is currently in medium category Tier One.

Meeting Friends & Family

You can meet in a group of up to six people from multiple households. This includes children and applies indoors and outdoors, including private homes. There are exceptions, for example, if your household or support bubble is larger than six. Meeting in larger groups (with certain exceptions) is against the law, with fines up to £6,400.

Going to Work

You should work at home if possible. If you have to return to your workplace your employer must make arrangements for you to work safely.

Schools and Nurseries

Primary and secondary schools are open, as are nurseries and childcare. If a school has coronavirus cases, local health protection teams will advise what to do.

Leisure Time

Pubs, bars and restaurants are restricted to table service only and must close at 22:00 BST.

People are only allowed to visit in groups of six or less (unless they are from a larger household or support bubble). At least one member of any group should give their contact details or check-in using the NHS Covid app.

Face coverings must be worn, except when seated to eat or drink.

Shopping

Shops can open with social distancing measures in place. Face coverings must be worn by customers and staff.

Other

Weddings, civil partnership ceremonies and wedding receptions are restricted to 15 people (the reception must be a sit-down meal).

Funerals must only take place in Covid-secure venues or in public outdoor spaces with up to 30 people in attendance. Wakes and other related events are restricted to 15 people.

Organised sport and exercise classes are only permitted indoors if people can avoid mixing in a group of more than six. There are exceptions to enable disability and youth sport and physical activity indoors, in any number.

Sources

BBC News

13 Oct 2020

What are the latest 3 tier Covid rules and restrictions?

In England, there is a new 3 tier system in place for Covid-19.

Every area of England now falls into 3 categories – medium (Tier One), high (Tier Two) or very high (Tier Three), depending on the local rate of infection.

Tier One

Areas in Tier One are subject to the basic national rules previously in force.

You may not meet in a group of more than six people, indoors or outdoors, unless you’re in a larger household or a support bubble.

Pubs, bars and restaurants in a Tier One area must close by 22:00.

Tier Two

The rules for Tier One also apply in Tier Two.

In addition, you are not allowed to meet socially with people you do not live with indoors, this includes private homes, as well as pubs or restaurants.

People in support bubbles can go on meeting as before and informal childcare may also be provided.

You can still meet friends and family outdoors, but only in a group of up to six people.

Tier Three

Areas with the most rapidly rising transmission rates are placed in Tier Three.

You are not allowed to meet socially with anybody who is not part of your household or your support bubble indoors or in certain outdoor locations.

You cannot meet in private gardens or pub gardens, but can meet in parks, beaches, countryside or forests, as long as you are not in a group of more than six.

Pubs and bars must close unless they are serving substantial meals – alcohol can only be served as part of a meal.

People are being advised not to travel into or out of Tier Three areas, other than for work, education, youth services or because of caring responsibilities.

Sources

BBC News

21 Aug 2020

Confirmed number of Covid-19 cases in Surrey increasing

Over the past two weeks, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Surrey has been increasing.

As of 4pm today there are now 21 new cases, totalling 4,942 confirmed cases in the county.

This could be due to increased testing and/or an increased spread of the virus in Surrey.

20 Aug 2020

New Surrey Coronavirus Hub Launching Soon

Our brand new Surrey Coronavirus hub will be launching soon which will replace this page.

We hope to bring more consistent updates with more useful information.

The response from you, our audience has been amazing, and we appreciate your support.

We understand just how important this information is to many of you and we endeavour to bring you the latest Surrey coronavirus case numbers daily.

19 Aug 2020

UK Covid Testing: A Personal Experience

This is an account from a member of the Go Surrey team of their experience of taking a Covid-19 test at a drive-in centre. You own experience may differ and please remember to follow UK Gov and NHS advice.

Earlier this week, on Monday morning a friend rang to say that their son has tested positive for Covid-19.

I had noticed that I wasn’t feeling great, had a higher than normal temperature and a bit of a headache.

As I’d met recently with my friend and their son, I decided out of extra caution to book a Covid-19 test and self-isolate until I returned a negative results (or if positive, then self-isolate for the

I read on the NHS website about Covid-19 symptoms and who could get a test and decided I fitted in the possible symptoms category. I booked a test online.

There was an option for drive-in testing local to me with timeslots every 30 minutes until about 3:30pm. I booked in for the next available slot.

The online booking system was easy to use and they emailed me a QR code with my booking details within 5 minutes of completing the form.

I put on my face mask, and grabbed my hand sanitiser, driving licence, and my phone with the booking email and drove straight to the drive-in test centre.

On arriving at the test centre I was greeted by a friendly NHS Test and Trace member who told me to open my window a little, I had to show my booking email, and they handed me a grey bag containing a self-test kit.

I was instructed to park up, keep my windows closed, and to follow the instructions to complete the self-test. If I needed any help I was to put my hazard lights on and someone who come over to help. When I had finished my test I was also asked to put my hazard lights on so that a member of the NHS Test and Trace team could check the kit from a distance before the test could be sealed.

I was parked up in the car with the windows rolled up. I opened the grey bag and got the self-test kit out of the bag.

It contained an easy to read instructions, a test kit, and a test card.

I read through the instructions twice, maybe three times before I decided to do the test. To tell the truth I was a little nervous.

Before I opened the test kit I had to sanitise my hands with hand sanitiser.

I opened the test kit, it contained a sealed medical bag, a swab, a cotton pad, a medical tube, and another zip lock bag.

I opened the swab and had to gently rub the swab against my tonsils for about 10 seconds. After that I had to take the same swab and insert it into one nostril as far as it could go (before feeling resistance) and rub it against the inside of my nostril for 10 seconds.

After that I had to put the swab into the medical test pot, breaking the swab in half and making sure the swab end was in the liquid at the bottom of the pot.

The test pot was now sealed with the swab inside it. I had to then place the test pot inside the zip lock bag with the cotton pad.

Lastly the zip lock bag then was placed inside the medical bag.

At this point I had completed my self-test. I put my hazard lights on to call over the NHS Test and Trace member of staff.

I had to hold up the unsealed medical bag while the staff member looked at it through the window at a distance and asked me some questions about the test to check that I had completed it correctly.

I got the thumbs up. I guess he smiled too but could not tell through his mask.

The last part of the drive-in test was to drive over to the exit, get my booking QR code scanned, they scanned the medical bag, and I had to place the medical bag in a box.

I had completed my self-tested.

Just the next day I received a text message and email saying that my test had returned negative.

I would recommend getting tested and not hesitating about it. It can seem daunting but from my experience it was a very efficient and well oiled machine. Everyone member of staff was friendly and helpful.

Useful Links:

NHS Covid-19: Symptoms
NHS Covid-19: Book a test
UK Gov: Find out what support you can get if you’re affected by coronavirus

12 Aug 2020

1,000 confirmed daily cases is the limit of "acceptable incidence" according to the UKs Joint Biosecurity Centre

The UK Gov’s Joint Biosecurity Centre has suggested that the limit of “acceptable incidence” in the UK is 1,000. That’s 1,000 lab confirmed cases.

As reported by BBC New this limit has been exceed twice as of today, 12 August 2020.

This upper limit of 1,000 acceptable cases are epidemiological objectives to help determine UK strategy on tackling Covid-19 in the UK while trying to juggle the complex needs of individuals, communities, and the economy as a whole.

Sources:
Joint Biosecurity Centre
BBC News

1 Aug 2020

Covid-19 in Numbers: Confirmed Cases vs Estimated Cases

The UK is fairing better now than it did back on March 23rd when the first round of lockdown measures were announced.

At it’s peak there were 7,860 new confirmed Covid-19 cases in one day (10th April 2020). But this number only shows part of the picture. In the UK, it is estimated that there were up to 100,000 Covid-19 cases a day.

Now, on the 1st August 2020, the UK has just 771 new confirmed Covid-19 cases in one day. This only shows part of the picture, according to the ONS there is now an estimated 4,200 Covid-19 cases a day. The number of estimated cases has been growing week-on-week since lockdown measures started to ease.

April 10th: 7,860 Confirmed Cases VS ~100,000 Estimated Cases
August 1st
: 771 Confirmed Cases VS ~4,200 Estimated Cases

These estimated numbers show that Covid-19 is still circulating at much larger numbers than there have been confirmed tests, albeit less than at its peak in March and April. This is partly due to some people not showing any symptoms, only having mild symptoms, or cases going unreported.

It’s important to remember this when looking at the official UK Gov data of Covid-19 cases in the UK and in Surrey, as this only shows part of the picture.

The UK now has more testing capacity than it’s currently using so if you, a family member, or a friend, thinks they may have Covid-19 then go to the NHS website to check your symptoms and book a Covid-19 test if you fit the criteria.

Sources and further reading:

24 Jul 2020

Free Winter Flu Jab for 30 million most at risk people in England + advice on how to get a private Winter Flu Jab at Boots, Lloyds Pharmacy & Superdrug

The UK Gov and NHS England are gearing up for the largest ever Winter Flu Jab programme which aims to offer free flu vaccinations for some 30 million people most at risk.

All over-50s, people shielding, and those who live with them and children in their first year of secondary school will be offered the free flu jab.

With the expectation of Covid-19 continually possible till at least Summer 2021, the fear of a combined flu season during the Covid-19 pandemic may mean the NHS could struggle.

As stated on the BBC News website: “Flu, which can be deadly or need hospital treatment, poses additional threats during the pandemic:

  • There is some evidence a double infection with coronavirus and flu is more deadly than either alone
  • A big flu season combined with coronavirus could overwhelm hospitals
  • If lots of NHS or care-home staff are sick with flu, then it may not be possible to respond to Covid-19 in the same way as during the peak in spring.”

If you are not eligible for the free Winter Flu Jab, you can book a private flu jab at Boots, Lloyds Pharmacy, and Superdrug. Price for a private flu jab is approximately £20.

The team here at Go Surrey use Boots Pharmacy for our flu vaccination every year. We do this to help protect ourselves and the most vulnerable around us – so we thoroughly recommend it.

For more information on the Flu and the Flu Vaccination please see the NHS Flu website.

You can also read more about the UK Gov’s Flu Vaccination Programme for Winter 2020.

23 Jul 2020

Wearing Masks – Mask Guidance from the UK Gov

Face coverings must be worn in enclosed public spaces from 24 July in England, as the government takes further steps to help curb the spread of the virus.

Coverings will be mandatory in enclosed public spaces including supermarkets, indoor shopping centres, transport hubs, banks and post offices.

They must also be worn when buying takeaway food and drink, although they can be removed in a seating area.

Masks will not be mandatory in indoor venues which have other safety measures in place, including: Eat-in restaurants; Pubs; Hairdressers and salons; Gyms and leisure centres; Cinemas, concert halls and theatres; Visitor attractions like museums.

There are exemptions for children under 11, those with disabilities or certain health conditions, such as respiratory or cognitive impairments that make it difficult for them to wear a face covering.

Public Health England has warned parents not to buy coverings for babies and young children because of the risk of choking or suffocation.

It is not compulsory for shop workers to wear face coverings but the government said it “strongly” recommended that employers consider their use where appropriate.

Source: BBC News
Source: UK Gov

15 Jul 2020

Wear Face Masks in shops and on public transport

It will be compulsory to wear a face mask in shops in England from Friday 24 July.

People won’t be required to wear a covering in places where it’s not practical – such as in a pub, cafe or restaurant.

Since 15 June, anyone travelling by bus, train, ferry or plane in England must wear a face covering.

Some passengers are exempt from the rules including:

  • Children under 11
  • People with disabilities
  • Those with breathing difficulties
  • Anyone travelling with someone who relies on lip reading

 

15 Jun 2020

Face coverings compulsory on public transport in England

Wearing a face mask on public transport in England is now compulsory.

Passengers without a covering will be asked to wear one, or will face being refused onboard or fined £100.

More than 3,000 extra staff including police officers are being deployed at stations to make sure people comply.

Source

28 May 2020

What can you do now? Lockdown measures updates

As of 1st June in England, you will now be able to:

  • Meet up to six people from different households outside – either in parks or now also in private gardens – as long as you remain 2 metres / 6 feet apart

This is in addition to the advice to:

  • Work from home if you possibly can
  • Avoid public transport if you can – walking or cycling to work is preferable or drive your car
  • Shield if you are part of a vulnerable demographic
  • Wear a mask where social distancing is more difficult, such as on public transport or confined indoor spaces
  • Wash your hands thoroughly and regularly
  • Isolate if you have any Coronavirus symptoms
  • Maintain a social distance of 2 metres / 6 feet from others outside your own household at all times
  • Take unlimited outdoor exercise
  • Enjoy parks and public spaces without exercising

Source: UK Gov Advice

24 May 2020

From 1 June schools, colleges and nurseries are set to open to more children.

PM confirms schools, colleges and nurseries on track to begin phased reopening.

Schools, colleges and nurseries across England remain on track to open to more children from 1 June, the Prime Minister confirmed today (24 May 2020).

Primary schools will welcome back children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6, while nurseries and other early years providers will begin welcoming back children of all ages.

Secondary schools, sixth forms and colleges will also provide face-to-face contact for Year 10, Year 12 and equivalent 16-19 further education students to help them prepare for exams next year. It is expected this will begin from 15 June, with around a quarter of these secondary students in at any point.

Source: UK Gov Press Release

18 May 2020

Coronavirus tests available to all over 5 years of age & loss of taste and smell added to symptoms list

The UK Gov is expanding eligibility for Coronavirus testing to include all over 5 years of age that have symptoms.

Test results currently can take up to 48 hours on average.

Coronavirus symptoms include loss of taste and smell, as well as a fever, tiredness, continuous cough, and breathing difficulties.

14 May 2020

Chancellor Rishi Sunak Extends Furlough Scheme

The Chancellor has announced an extension of the Furlough Scheme, officially known as the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

The extension will be as is for 1 additional month till the end of July.

From the beginning of August to the end of October the Furlough Scheme will continue but with businesses contributing to the employees wages.

Here at Go Surrey, we feel that it would most likely be the UK Gov contribute 60% of employee wages and employers required to contribute 20%. Employees on the Furlough Scheme at this point will be able to work.

13 May 2020

England starts first baby steps to easing lockdown rules

England has started the first baby step to easing the lockdown rules – rules which will be with us for a long time to come.

From today, you will be able to enjoy unlimited outdoor exercise. You can also meet 1 other person outdoors from another household as long as you adhere to the social distancing advice – remaining at least 2 meters apart at all times.

10 May 2020

PM Boris Johnson announces Stay Alert, Control The Virus, Save Lives plan

Boris announced today the new plan for the UK slowly, gradually returning to work with it’s new plan and slogan “Stay Alert, Control The Virus, Save Lives“.

The UK is looking at at least 2 months of lockdown with some gradual easements during this period.

7 May 2020

UK Gov to announce roadmap on Sunday 10th May

PM Boris Johnson is expected to announce a roadmap for gradually easing up of the lockdown on Sunday 10th May.

It’s expected that any easing, if any, will be gradual.

For now, the lockdown still exists so please follow the UK Gov advice to:

Stay at Home. Protect the NHS. Save Lives.

1 May 2020

Major outbreaks in UK Hospitals and Care Homes

While community transmission has been decreasing, there has been a large increase in UK hospitals and care homes.

26 Apr 2020

PM Boris Johnson returns to Downing Street after Coronavirus battle

PM Boris Johnson has now return to Downing Street to leading the UK Government after his personal battle with Coronavirus.

His personal infection saw him fighting the disease in intensive care at Guys and St Thomas’ hospital.

25 Apr 2020

UK hospital deaths pass 20,000, as Worldwide death toll surpasses 200,000

Today, sadly, the UK hospital death toll has passed 20,000. There are many other non-hospital deaths in the UK making the total direct and in-direct COVID-19 deaths in the UK substantially higher.

The worldwide death toll has also surpassed 200,000 recorded and confirmed deaths. Again, sadly, this number is only part of the story with many deaths going unrecorded.

20 Apr 2020

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Open

The UK Gov’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, which pays grants to employers affected by Coronavirus of 80% of staff wages, has opened for applications. Employers should receive the grant cash in 6 days.

16 Apr 2020

UK lockdown extended for 3 weeks

The UK Gov announced today that the lockdown will be extended by 3 additional weeks, until at least, Thursday May 7th, 2020.

26 Mar 2020

Self Employed Support

UK Government announces Self Employed Support package paying 80% of average profits over the past 3 years, up to £2,500 per month, for those with average profits of £50k or less [Source]

20 Mar 2020

More closures and 80% PAYE grants

UK Government forces bars, restaurants, cafes, gyms, and leisure centres (as well as other entertainment and hospitality venues) to close temporarily until further notice [Source]

UK Government announces that they will provide grants for businesses to pay up to 80% of employee salaries up to £2,500 a month affected by Coronavirus [Source]

18 Mar 2020

Surrey School Closures

Surrey Schools will close after lessons finish on Friday 20th March 2020 until further notice [Source]

4 Mar 2020

Coronavirus Sick Pay

Employee’s sick pay (SSP) paid from day 1 of Coronavirus related illness and self-isolation [Source]

Employer’s can reclaim 100% of up to 14 days of sick pay (SSP) back from UK Gov relating to Coronavirus [Source]

Advice, Guidance & Support

This information is provided to help signpost users to advice, guidance, and support available. It's not a comprehensive list of all advice, guidance, and support available. We recommend you follow all advice from the UK Gov, NHS, and other public bodies.

NHS Covid-19 App - Contact Tracing

Protect your loved ones with the official NHS COVID-19 contact tracing app for England and Wales.

It's the fastest way of knowing when you're at risk from coronavirus (COVID-19). The quicker you know, the quicker you can alert your loved ones, and your community.

The more of us that use it, the better we can control coronavirus.

For more information go to NHS Covid-19 App.

UK Gov Coronavirus Response

You can find out everything the UK Gov is doing about the Coronavirus pandemic all in one place, visit UK Gov Coronavirus.

Find Coronavirus Support

The UK Gov has an online service to find out what help and advice you can get from the government and other organisations, visit UK Gov Find Coronavirus Support.

Coronavirus - What it means for you

Citizens Advice has comprehensive guide on Coronavirus, visit Coronavirus - What it means for you.

Coronavirus Guides

Money Saving Expert is constantly updating guides with need-to-knows on the financial fallout of the pandemic, visit Coronavirus Guides.

Health, Symptoms & Testing

This information is provided to help signpost users to information about health, symptoms, and testing available. It's not a comprehensive list of all information about health, symptoms, and testing available. We recommend you follow all advice from the UK Gov, NHS, and other public bodies.

NHS Coronavirus Symptom Checker

Want to check the symptoms? Use the NHS Coronavirus Symptom Checker.

Free NHS Coronavirus Test

You can book a free NHS Coronavirus test online at NHS Coronavirus Test.

Mental Health Support

The Mental Health Foundation has advice on how to look after your mental health during this Pandemic, visit Mental Health Foundation Advice.

Your Questions Answered

We've answered your frequently asked questions about the current Coronavirus COVID19 pandemic.

  • Covid-19 Testing Surrey: Where can I get a Coronavirus test in Surrey?

    If you live in the county of Surrey within any of the following boroughs (Elmbridge, Epsom and Ewell, Guildford, Mole Valley, Reigate and Banstead, Runnymede, Spelthorne, Surrey Heath, Tandridge, Waverley, and Woking) then you can book a Covid-19 test online.

    You can also get private, non UK-Gov/NHS Covid-19 tests, by looking on any search engine. We recommend reviewing any Covid-19 tests for their effectiveness and accuracy. Best to follow UK Gov, NHS and WHO advice on private Covid-19 tests in Surrey.

  • Surrey Covid-19: How many coronavirus cases and deaths today?

    Our team update the statistics on coronavirus cases and deaths every day. For today’s data for the UK, Surrey county and in your local area, that includes Elmbridge, Epsom and Ewell, Guildford, Mole Valley, Reigate and Banstead, Runnymede, Spelthorne, Surrey Heath, Tandridge, Waverley, and Woking.

  • Covid-19 R Rate: What is the R rate in Surrey?

    The R rate in Surrey is currently unavailable.

    According to Surrey County Council as of 7 September 2020, “the estimated R number for the South East is 0.8-1.0. This indicates the outbreak is stable or falling across the region. However there is a high degree of uncertainty around this estimate due to low case numbers and highly variable transmission across the region, so it is not robust enough to use for policy decisions.”

    The R rate (also known as R number, or R value) is a way of determining a disease’s ability to spread, such as Coronavirus.

    R0 to R0.99: An R rate below 1 means each existing infection causes less than one new infection.

    R1: An R rate at 1 means each existing infection causes one new infection.

    R1.1+: An R rate above 1 means each existing infection causes more than one new infection.

    Our team will continue to investigate what the R rate is in Surrey, so please keep an eye on our Surrey Coronavirus Hub.

  • Covid-19 Deaths: How many people in Surrey have died from Coronavirus?

    Unfortunately, we only have data for some deaths related and connected to Covid-19. The numbers displayed on this page are for confirmed hospital deaths in the UK as reported by NHS England, Public Health England and the UK Gov. Unfortunately, there will be Coronavirus deaths in Surrey outside of hospital which may go unreported and there will be incidental deaths due to the strain on the Surrey healthcare system.

  • Covid-19 Cases: How many people in Surrey been infected with Coronavirus?

    At the present time it is impossible to know how many people in Surrey have been infected with COVID-19. We can show the confirmed cases as reported by the NHS England, Public Health England, and UK Gov from their lab tests, however, many people who have mild, moderate, or no symptoms may not seek medical help or testing.

  • Covid-19 Symptoms: How can I check if I have Coronavirus symptoms?

    The NHS 111 has created a new online symptom checker at 111.nhs.uk/covid-19.

  • What are the symptoms?

    According to the NHS England the main symptoms of the coronavirus usually include:

    • High temperature: This means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature).
    • New, continuous cough: This means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 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.
  • What is Coronavirus, COVID19, SARS-CoV-2, and 2019-nCoV?

    Coronavirus is a type of virus. COVID19 is the name of the pandemic which stands for Coronavirus Disease 2019. SARS-CoV-2 is the specific name of this strain of Coronavirus. 2019-nCoV was the previous name for SARS-CoV-2 at the beginning of this current outbreak which stands for 2019 Novel Coronavirus.

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