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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Find information about community support and our services during the coronavirus pandemic, on our information for residents pages, our information for businesses pages, and our community support hub page which has guidance to help coordinate community organisations.

See a summary of our Local Outbreak Control Plan and read our frequently asked questions. 

Heatwave warning issued

Beat the heat safety advice

2020 - young girl smiling in the sunshine with a drink (used for heatwave alert)

A level three heatwave warning has been issued for the period 12pm on Thursday 6 August to 9pm on Tuesday 11 August. 

Covid-19 amplifies the risks of hot weather to vulnerable groups of people and heatwaves can be especially dangerous for the very young, the very old, or those with chronic disease.  

Our Public Health team is offering the following advice to help keep everybody safe. 

People are encouraged to:

  • Stay tuned to the weather forecast
  • Check ambient room temperatures- especially those rooms where disabled or high risk individuals spend most of their time
  • Keep an eye on people who you know to be at risk- ensure they have access to plenty of cool liquids
  • Look out for vulnerable neighbours

Advice on how to reduce the risk either for yourself or somebody you know can be found on the NHS website, by calling NHS 111 or from your local chemist. 

Specific resources for heat risk and Covid-19 have been developed and are available on Gov.uk