Coronavirus and Westminster - more information

 

On this page you can find more information about coronavirus in Westminster and how the council is responding. You can also find more guidance in our sections for residentsvulnerable residents and businesses, and on our page about how you can help.

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1. Public health update

Public Health England has confirmed a number of cases of Coronavirus in the UK. Find out the latest figures in Westminster.

Currently, the number of confirmed cases does not reflect the likely number of individuals who have contracted coronavirus.  This is because community testing is no longer being undertaken.

2. How to slow the spread of the virus

COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It's caused by a virus called coronavirus.

Stay at home to stop coronavirus spreading

Everyone must stay at home to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

This includes people of all ages – even if you do not have any symptoms or other health conditions.

You can only leave your home:

  • to shop for basic essentials – only when you really need to
  • to do one form of exercise a day – such as a run, walk or cycle, alone or with other people you live with
  • for any medical need – for example, to visit a pharmacy or deliver essential supplies to a vulnerable person
  • to travel to and from work – but only where this is absolutely necessary

What to do if you have coronavirus symptoms

Continue to stay at home if you have either:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)

To protect others, do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Stay at home.

Use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do.

Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.

What to do if you need medical help for another reason

If you need medical help not related to coronavirus, do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

  • For health information and advice, use the NHS website or check your GP surgery website.
  • For urgent medical help, use the NHS 111 online service. Only call 111 if you're unable to get help online.
  • For life-threatening emergencies, call 999 for an ambulance.

Read more advice about getting medical help at home.

Advice for people at high risk

If you're at high risk of getting seriously ill from coronavirus, there are extra things you should do to avoid catching it.

These include:

  • not leaving your home – you should not go out to do shopping, visit friends or family, or attend any gatherings
  • avoiding close contact with other people in your home as much as possible

Read the full advice on protecting yourself if you're at high risk from coronavirus on GOV.UK.

Who is at high risk?

You may be at high risk from coronavirus if you:

  • have had an organ transplant
  • are having certain types of cancer treatment
  • have blood or bone marrow cancer, such as leukaemia
  • have a severe lung condition, such as cystic fibrosis or severe asthma
  • have a condition that makes you much more likely to get infections
  • are taking medicine that weakens your immune system
  • are pregnant and have a serious heart condition

If you're at high risk, you will be contacted by the NHS by Sunday 29 March 2020. Do not contact your GP or healthcare team at this stage – wait to be contacted.

4. Government update

What you need to do:

  • only go outside for food, health reasons or work (where this absolutely cannot be done from home)
  • stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people
  • wash your hands as soon as you get home

Anyone can spread the virus.

Full guidance on staying at home and away from others

See GOV.UK Coronavirus for the latest

5. Events and general London updates

The London Mayoral and GLA elections have been postponed for one year. For further information, see the following article on the BBC news website.

Many major London events have been cancelled until further notice. Check with event organisers and for further information visit the GLA website.

TfL

TfL has announced that it will run a reduced service to enable London's critical workers to make essential journeys. This follows the announcement by the Government to stop non-essential contact as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19). 

From March 19, up to 40 London Underground stations that do not interchange with other lines started to close until further notice. A full announcement from Tfl lists the impacted stations.

Anyone needing to make essential journeys should check the Tfl website for live travel updates before they travel to see if their station or service is impacted.

Additionally, from this Friday 20 March, there will be no Waterloo and City line, Night Tube or Night Overground services until further notice. 

From Monday 23 March, TfL will gradually reduce other services across the TfL network to provide a service for critical workers to get to where they need to. TfL is aiming to run Tube trains every 4 minutes in Zone 1, with the potential to further reduce this further. 

Similarly, from next week until further notice, London Overground, TfL Rail, the DLR and London Trams will run fewer services.  

Keep up to date with all the latest travel advice from TfL on Twitter.  

6. City promotions, events and filming

The Government has now given very clear guidance in relation to social distancing, mass gatherings and non-essential social contact.

In light of this advice, from now until the 30 April, Westminster City Council will not be supporting any event and filming activity within our parks and open spaces, or on the public highway within the City of Westminster. 

Given the ongoing uncertainty in relation to Covid-19 these timescales are subject to change. As a result, we are not able to offer or confirm alternative dates at this time.

The council will not be accepting any new event applications until further notice. Please continue to check our city promotion, events and filming page for future updates

Should you wish to discuss this further then please contact your assigned officer or email eventsandfilming@westminster.gov.uk

We understand how disappointing this news will be, but the world is in an unprecedented situation and whilst events and filming are hugely important to the city, public health must be everyone’s top priority.

Last updated: 26 March 2020