Health advice and support

Keeping Lincolnshire Safe

You can help keep Lincolnshire safe and prevent new outbreaks by following these steps:

Wash your hands

Wash your hands with soap and water more often than usual, for at least 20 seconds. Use hand sanitiser if soap and water are not available.

You should always wash your hands or use hand sanitiser after coughing, sneezing and blowing your nose, before you eat or handle food, or when you get to work or arrive home.

Keep your distance

You should only have close social contact with others in your household and support bubble. 

Keep two metres away from all others, or at least one metre when you can take other precautions, such as wearing a face covering or not sitting face-to-face with someone.

Information on what you can and cannot do, as well as how to stay safe outside your home can be found on the GOV.UK website.

Wear a face covering

In England you must wear a face covering by law in the following settings:

  • public transport
  • indoor transport hubs (airports, rail and tram stations and terminals, maritime ports and terminals, bus and coach stations and terminals)
  • shops and supermarkets (places which are open to the public and that wholly or mainly offer goods or services for retail sale or hire)
  • indoor shopping centres
  • banks, building societies, and post offices (including credit unions, short-term loan providers, savings clubs and money service businesses)

From 8 August 2020, you will be required to wear a face covering in more indoor settings such as:

  • museums
  • cinemas
  • libraries
  • places of worship

Read the full list of locations.

Get tested

If you show any of the symptoms of Covid-19, including:

  • a new continuous cough
  • high temperature
  • a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

You should order a test immediately.


As soon as you show symptoms or test positive for Covid-19 you must self-isolate for at least 10 days from when your symptoms started.

If you live with others and you or one of them have symptoms, then all household members must stay at home for 14 days (the 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill).

Further advice on self isolation.

Sign up for test and trace

The NHS test and trace service ensures that anyone who develops symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) can quickly be tested to find out if they have the virus, it helps trace close recent contacts of anyone who tests positive for coronavirus and, if necessary, notifies them that they must self-isolate at home to help stop the spread of the virus.

If you are contacted by the NHS as a contact:

  • you will be alerted by the NHS test and trace service if you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus - you will be told to begin self-isolation for 14 days from your last contact with the person who has tested positive
  • it’s really important to do this even if you don’t feel unwell because, if you have been infected, you could become infectious to others at any point up to 14 days
  • your household doesn’t need to self-isolate with you, if you do not have symptoms, but they must take extra care to follow the guidance on social distancing and hand washing and avoid contact with you at home
  • if you develop symptoms of coronavirus, other members of your household must self-isolate immediately at home for 14 days and you must book a test

Further information about test and trace.

View all national guidance