CORONAVIRUS ADVICE

If you have concerns about the Coronavirus (COVID-19), please click on the links below with guidance for the general public. 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) - NHS.UK Information

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The symptoms are similar to other illnesses that are much more common, such as cold and flu and it does not necessarily mean you have the illness. The main symptoms are:

  • A new continuous cough
  • A high temperature (37.8 degrees centigrade or higher)
  • A loss of or change in smell or taste

NHS 111 has an online coronavirus (COVID-19) service that can tell you if you need medical help and advise you what to do.

 

Face Mask Exemption 

You do not need a letter from your GP. You simply need to declare your exemption when asked. We are sorry, but we will not provide any letters of exemption for the wearing of face coverings.

Information on face coverings from GOV.UK

Most people will be able to wear a face covering without any problem but some people might find it very difficult.

The government has said that the requirement to wear a face covering on public transport does not apply to:

  • child under the age of 11
  • passengers in an allocated cabin, berth or other similar accommodation, when they are alone or with members of their household or support bubble
  • passengers who remain in their private vehicle while on board public transport, for example on a car ferry
  • an employee of the transport operator, when they are acting in the course of their employment
  • any other person providing services to the transport operator, under arrangements made with the transport operator, who is providing those services
  • a constable or police community support officer acting in the course of their duty
  • an emergency responder such as a paramedic or fire officer acting in the course of their duty
  • an official, for example a border force officer, acting in the course of their duties

You also do not need to wear a face covering if you have a good reason not to. This includes:

  • if you have a physical or mental illness or impairment, or a disability that means you cannot put on, wear or remove a face covering
  • if putting on, wearing or removing a face covering would cause you severe distress
  • if you are travelling with, or providing assistance to, someone who relies on lip reading to communicate
  • if you are travelling to avoid injury or escape the risk of harm, and you do not have a face covering with you
  • if you need to remove it during your journey to avoid harm or injury or the risk of harm or injury to yourself or others
  • if you need to eat, drink, or take medication you can remove your face covering
  • if you are asked to remove your face covering by a police officer or other official, for example to check your railcard

 

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