Coronavirus: latest information

The government has produced updated guidance on those businesses permitted to open from 4th July, and those which must remain closed. There is also further guidance on meeting people outside of your households:

Opening certain businesses and venues in England from 4 July 2020

Meeting people from outside your house from 4 July


For other guidance and advice, please use the government and NHS portals:


Government portal:


NHS Health portal:


People with potential symptoms are being asked to complete the Coronavirus Status Checker and answer a short series of questions which will tell the NHS about their experience and help them build up additional data on the outbreak.



For more detailed advice on a range of issues, please use the menu on the left hand side of this page, with some key news and announcements also highlighted in bulletins below:



Covid-19 Bulletin #19 News from the weekend

Covid Bulletin



The Prime Minister made a statement in Downing Street this morning, encouraging everyone to maintain the lockdown measures

The Government has announced the scaling up of mobile testing units that will be operated by the armed forces

Covid-19 Bulletin #16 News from the last 24 hours

Covid-19 Bulletin



Health Secretary announced £45 million funding for vaccine trials at both Oxford University and Imperial College. The Oxford team are due to begin human trials tomorrow.

Covid-19 Bulletin #15 News from the last 24 hours

Covid-19 Bulletin



The Chancellor announced a new £1.25 billion coronavirus package to protect innovation in UK. Basingstoke and Guildford/Aldershot are among 16 UK towns identified by TechNation as “Digital Suburbs”

Covid-19 Bulletin #14 News from the weekend

Covid-19 bulletin



The online portal for the Job Retention Scheme opens today and HMRC has published guidance for employers. The scheme has now been extended until the end of June

A new term begins - at home

This article was written by Damian and publshed in the Herald Group of papers on the 16th April:

"Next week, we will have the strange experience of Back to School, while not actually going back to school.  

Covid-19 Bulletin #13 News from the last 24 hours

Covid-19 Bulletin



The Government announced that the lockdown will continue for at least another 3 weeks, with details of five conditions that must be met before the measures can be eased.