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What you can and can't do in Portsmouth

Portsmouth’s current alert level is: Medium

The current alert level means that in Portsmouth:

  • you must not socialise in groups larger than 6, indoors or outdoors (other than where a legal exemption applies)
  • businesses and venues can continue to operate in a COVID-safe manner, other than those that are required to remain closed
  • certain businesses must ensure customers only consume food and drink while seated, and must close between 10pm and 5am
  • businesses and venues selling takeaway food can continue to do so after 10pm as long as this is through delivery service, click-and-collect or drive-through
  • schools and universities remain open
  • places of worship remain open, subject to the rule of 6
  • weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on numbers of attendees
  • exercise classes and organised sport can continue to take place outdoors, or indoors if the rule of 6 is followed

You must:

You should continue to:

  • follow social distancing rules
  • work from home where you can do so
  • when travelling, plan ahead or avoid busy times and routes. Walk or cycle if you can

Find out more about the measures that apply in medium alert level areas to help reduce the spread of coronavirus


Do not leave home if you or someone you live with has any of the following:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough
  • a loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste

If you or someone you live with has any of these symptoms it’s important to visit the NHS website to find out what you need to do, including getting tested.

NHS 111 Mental Health Triage Service

Are you, or someone you know, experiencing a crisis and need urgent mental health support? Call 111 or visit the NHS 111 website and speak to the NHS Mental Health Triage Service. If you are experiencing a life threatening emergency, please call 999.

Wellbeing advice 

We know that many factors can influence our physical and psychological wellbeing. There are many options available to help you keep healthy and happy:

Coronavirus crisis card

We’ve produced a guide which lists services and support that is available right now to help, listen and support you during this crisis. Take a look at the crisis card.

NHS Covid-19 app

The NHS has launched a free app as part of its Test and Trace service. It’s the fastest way to see if you’re at risk of coronavirus.

The app will alert you if you’ve been near other app users who have tested positive for coronavirus. It also allows you to quickly check-in to venues, see if the infection rate is increasing in your local area, check symptoms and book a coronavirus test. If you need to self-isolate it will set a countdown timer.

The app tracks coronavirus and not you. It doesn’t store any personal information about you or track your location. It can’t access your phone contacts and it keeps your privacy and identity secure.

The app is available in different languages and is easy to download for free. Search ‘NHS Covid19’  where you usually get your apps from on your smartphone

For more information including a video explaining the app visit

Face coverings

Latest government advice is that you should wear a face covering when you’re in an enclosed space where social distancing isn’t always possible and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet. This is currently mandatory:

  • on public transport
  • in shops (including supermarkets, indoor shopping centres, banks, post offices and cafes that you’re buying food to take away)
  • at indoor transport hubs like train stations or airports
  • in hospitals and GP surgeries.

Some people are exempt from the face covering guidance such as those with disabilities or certain health conditions. It’s also not compulsory for children under 11, and it is recommended that those aged under 3 don’t wear one for health and safety reasons. The government website has a list of people who are exempt from wearing one.

It is important to use face coverings properly and wash your hands before putting them on and taking them off.

Find out more about face coverings on Gov.UK.

Report a breach of coronavirus measures

Based on government restrictions, some businesses still remain closed. Certain businesses that are allowed to open, for example restaurants or leisure centres, may also still be closed. Or, they may only open for certain services, if they can’t follow some of the government’s guidance on re-opening, for example enforcing social distancing.

If you visit certain businesses you’ll be asked to provide your contact details. This is so that NHS Test and Trace can reach you if someone in that venue tests positive for coronavirus. Your details will be kept securely and only used for this purpose.

Find out more about providing your details for NHS Test and Trace.

If you are looking for support for your business, or have questions about coronavirus, visit our coronavirus businesses and employers page.

Residents can now a report a breach of coronavirus measures online.

Council service information

For more information about how the coronavirus outbreak is affecting council services, visit the coronavirus page.