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What you can do

England is at Step Three of the roadmap out of lockdown

Socialise safely

  • You can meet up to 30 friends or family members outdoors – remember hand hygiene
  • You can meet family and friends indoors following the rule of six people, or two households – when you let your visitors in, let fresh air in too
  • It’s your choice if you keep a social distance from family and friends – practice safe hugging to protect those who are vulnerable
  • Visitors can stay overnight in your home, following the rule of six, or one other household

Hospitality and entertainment

  • Indoor hospitality is open for table service – check-in with the NHS app
  • Indoor entertainment such as cinemas and children’s play areas are open
  • Indoor adult group sports can take place – keep a distance, clean equipment
  • Indoor and outdoor sporting, performance and conference events can take place

Life events

  • Up to 30 people can attend weddings, receptions, wakes, bar mitzvahs and christenings
  • There is no longer a limit for the number of people who can attend funerals

Traveling, overnight stays and travel abroad

  • Travel safely and plan your journeys – sanitise hands and keep your distance where possible
  • Domestic overnight stays at allowed in hotels, B&Bs and hostels
  • Follow the Government’s traffic light system for international travel, and you must follow the rules when returning

Taking the next step safely

  • Keep a 2m social distancing in settings such as medical, adult social care, retail, hospitality and business
  • Continue to work from home wherever possible
  • You must isolate and book a covid test if you develop any symptoms – even if you’ve had the vaccine
  • Testing when you don’t have symptoms is vital to help us keep track of the virus and help keep infection rates as low as possible – don’t unknowingly spread the virus

As you do more please remember:

  • Wash your hands regularly
  • Keep a safe distance from those not in your household
  • Wear a face covering
  • Let fresh air in when you let visitors in

Vital things we can all do to help stop the spread of coronavirus

  • Meet outside wherever possible
  • Take the vaccine when it is your turn
  • Limit the number of people you’re in close contact with
  • Limit the length of time you’re in close contact with others

Clinically extremely vulnerable

If you are clinically extremely vulnerable the advice to shield ended  on 1 April 2021, but you should aim to:

  • keep your number of social interactions low
  • reduce time spent in settings where social distancing isn’t possible
  • continue to work from home where possible.

See guidance for people who are clinically extremely vulnerable.


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, no matter how mild, it’s important to visit the NHS website to find out what you need to do, including getting tested. You can book a test online at or by calling 119.

Find out more information about how to self-isolate, what you can and can’t do and what local support is available in our protect Portsmouth self-isolation guide.

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

This guide lists services and support that is available right now to help, listen and support you during the ongoing pandemic. Take a look at the crisis card.

NHS Covid-19 app

The free NHS Test and Trace app is 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, 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

NHS Covid-19 test and trace app Pause function

If you’ve downloaded the Covid-19 NHS test and trace app, it should be left on as much as possible, but you’ll need to make sure you know how and when to PAUSE the app to prevent you inadvertently becoming a ‘close contact’ of someone you’ve not been close to, or when you’ve actually been protected. Read more about how and when to pause contact tracing

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.

Bereavement support

Losing a loved one is very difficult. It can feel even harder during the pandemic. HIVE Portsmouth have added a bereavement directory on their website . The directory provides details of organisations who can assist with advice, information and support to help you deal with both the practical side of losing someone and cope with your feelings of grief.

Visit HIVE Portsmouth for more information.

Misinformation and disinformation

We are all curious to understand our world and stay up to date with the latest news. We do this is by finding out and sharing information. This may be anything from official communications from government and local councils. It may be news articles and messages from vloggers, podcasters and social media influencers. Friends and family also share information with us on social media or messaging apps. But some is fact and some is not.

Disinformation can be dangerous

All news spreads fast like a virus, especially if it’s exciting. The sheer volume of information we see, along with the speed at which it’s shared, is now being called an ‘infodemic’.

But there is a difference between sharing useful information and entertaining stories and sharing misinformation.

Misinformation – even if unintentional – can still be dangerous.

Disinformation is deliberately misleading and serves a specific agenda – one which you may not even agree with.

Help stop the spread

Just as we can protect against COVID-19 with hand washing, physical distancing and wearing face masks, we can slow down the spread of misinformation and disinformation by practising ‘information hygiene’. Before sharing something, ask yourself these simple questions:

  • How does this make me feel?
  • Why am I sharing this?
  • How do I know if it’s true?
  • Where did it come from?
  • Whose agenda might I be supporting by sharing it?

And if you know something is false, or if it makes you angry, just ignore it. Don’t be tempted to share to debunk it or make fun of it as this just spreads the misinformation or disinformation further.

‘Play the game’ – learn how to reduce your susceptibility to fake news

A new 5-7 minute game developed by the University of Cambridge, Go Viral!, helps you learn to spot and avoid the basics of online manipulation in the era of coronavirus. It’s a simple guide to common techniques: using emotionally charged language to stoke outrage and fear, deploying fake experts to sow doubt, and mining conspiracies for social media likes.

Where to find reliable information on COVID-19

Remember, though: information will change as we learn more about the virus.

Learn more about how you can report misinformation online.

Council service information

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