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Coronavirus restrictions, access to Covid tests, what to do if you or someone you know has symptoms

Coronavirus restrictions 

Coronavirus restrictions remain in place across the country. Some of the rules on what you can and cannot do changed on 12 April. However, many restrictions remain in place. 

From 12 April, in England:

  • Non-essential retail, personal hair services (e.g. hairdressers), public buildings (e.g. libraries), outdoor hospitality venues, most outdoor attractions (e.g. zoos), and indoor leisure and sports facilities can re-open
  • Childcare and supervised activities are allowed outdoors and indoors for all children for up to 15 people
  • Weddings, civil partnership ceremonies, wakes and other commemorative events can take place with up to 15 people
  • Care home residents can nominate two named individuals for regular indoor visits
  • You can take part in formally organised outdoor sports with any number of people
  • You should continue to work from home if you can.

Social distancing

Social distancing is still important. You should stay 2 meters apart from anyone who is not in your household or support bubble, if possible, or 1 meter with extra precautions like wearing a face covering (if you cannot stay 2 meters apart).

If you are a carer of someone, either living with you or not, please read the information about Covid-19 and caring for someone and how you can protect yourself and others.

Meeting others 

You can now leave your home to meet socially with up to 6 people, or two households you do not live with. You should remain outdoors with people you do not live with.

You must not meet indoors with anybody you do not live with or have not formed a support bubble with.

You should stay 2 metres apart from anyone who is not in your household or support bubble where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place (such as wearing a face covering) if you cannot stay 2 metres apart.

Clinically extremely vulnerable 

From 1 April, people previously defined as clinically extremely vulnerable will no longer be advised to shield. However, you should continue to take precautions to protect yourself. 

Free Covid-19 tests

Free Covid-19 test if you have symptoms

If you have symptoms of Covid-19, you can arrange to have a PCR test to see if you have Covid-19. The test is available on the NHS free of charge. Alternatively, you can book by phoning NHS 119. You will be given an option to book an appointment at a local test site or request a home test kit that will be posted to you.  Read the government guidance on the NHS test and trace service, and what to do if you test positive.

In Camden, there are three test sites:

  • 51 Greenwood Place, NW5 1LB (outdoors, step-free access). Enter from the O2 Forum end of Greenwood Place and it will be in front of you. If you drive, you'll find it on the second corner you reach. The test site is not at the Greenwood Centre so please do not enter that building). Book online:
  • Kingsgate Community Centre, 107 Kingsgate Rd, West Hampstead, London NW6 2JH (indoors, step-free access) - no booking required
  • Ramsay Hall, Maple Street, W1T 5HB (no step-free access) - no booking required.

Further details about test sites in Camden and drive-through test sites in London are available on the Council website.

If you have any concerns about booking a test via the NHS route, phone Camden Council on 020 7974 4444 (option 9) and we will help you. 

Free Covid-19 tests for workers, carers and volunteers who do not have symptoms

We are offering free Lateral Flow Tests for anyone who lives or works in Camden.  These tests are aimed at people who do not have symptoms of Covid-19 but who may be infectious, so could still pass it onto someone else.

The tests are available if you:

  • cannot work from home and therefore have to leave your house to travel to work
  • leave home for care or volunteer responsibilities
  • are parents, carers or in a support bubble with primary or secondary school children
  • cannot access any form of Covid-19 testing from your employer.

Lateral Flow Tests are quick and allow results to be delivered within 45 minutes.  Go to to book a test at one of the seven sites.

Tests sent to your home

You can also order free Lateral Flow Tests which will be sent to your home. an also been sent to you will be available to everyone in England who doesn't have symptoms. Details about accessing the tests are available here. 

Covid-19 symptoms and self-isolating

The most common symptoms of Covid-19 are any of the following:

  1. a new continuous cough
  2. a high temperature
  3. a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell.

If you, or someone you live with shows any of the above symptoms it is important that everyone in the household follows self-isolation guidance and stays at home.

If you have symptoms of Covid-19 you must self-isolate for at least 10 days from when your symptoms started. During this period you must:

  • not go to work
  • not go to school
  • not go to public areas
  • not use public transport or taxis.

In summary:

  • If you show symptoms you must stay at home for 10 days from when the symptoms started, and arrange to have a test to see if you have Covid-19.  After 10 days, if you do not have a high temperature, you do not have to continue to self-isolate. If after 10 days you still have a temperature you must continue to self-isolate and seek medical advice. If you do not have internet access, phone 111 for NHS advice, or phone 999 in a medical emergency.
  • If someone you live with shows symptoms you must stay at home for 14 days and the person showing symptoms needs to get tested for Covid-19.  Your 14 days start from the first day that the person in the household became ill. If during your 14 days you display symptoms, then you must stay at home for at least another 10 days from when your symptoms appear.

Further guidance for households with possible or confirmed Covid-19 infection is available

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