Living with COVID – advice for Hampshire residents

With self-isolation rules ended on Thursday 24 February, Hampshire County Council is encouraging people to be clear on what they need to do to keep well, as England returns to near normal life after two years of COVID pandemic restrictions

Feb 23 2022

Hampshire County Council’s Leader and Chair of the Local Outbreak Engagement Board, Councillor Keith Mans said: “The last two years have been incredibly challenging, and I would like to thank Hampshire residents for following the rules despite the personal costs. 
 
“As we all look forward to a brighter future, it is important to remember that COVID-19 can still pose a risk - particularly to the vulnerable - and for this reason, continuing to follow safe behaviour advice is the right choice to help limit any further spread of the virus and ensure people keep well.”
 
SAFE BEHAVIOURS ADVICE

  • Getting vaccinated and boosted offers the best protection against COVID-19 - it reduces the risk of getting seriously ill and of spreading it to others.
  • Let in fresh air when indoors.
  • Consider wearing a face covering in crowded and enclosed spaces, especially where you come into contact with people you do not usually meet.
  • If you can, stay at home if you feel unwell.
  • Wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds or more.

In addition, the Government is advising those with COVID-19 symptoms, to avoid contact with others, take a PCR test and, if positive, to stay at home.
 
Councillor Mans added: “While we hope to be able to manage COVID-19 like any other respiratory illness going forward, we will continue to monitor the situation and should things change, will consider whatever appropriate steps may be required, to limit any future impact the virus may have on our county.”  
 
Hampshire residents are further reminded that all routine contact tracing also ends from Thursday 24 February, with universal testing remaining free up to Thursday 31 March. 
 
For more details about the changes and the Government’s ‘Living with COVID’ plan visit: www.gov.uk/government/news/prime-minister-sets-out-plan-for-living-with-covid