Latest COVID19 updates

The latest from Public Health Dorset

COVID-19 cases continue to rise in both Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council areas and Dorset Council areas. More info in our latest update.


Plan B

In response to the Omicron variant, the Government has announced that England will move to Plan B.

This means that:

  • From Friday 10 December, you must wear a face covering in most indoor settings
  • From Monday 13 December, you must work from home if you are able to do so
  • From Wednesday 15 December, COVID passes will be required in nightclubs and settings where large crowds gather

 Read more about this announcement and why these measures are being implemented.


Stay COVID safe this Christmas

As Christmas approaches, we are all looking forward to seeing family and friends and to going out and doing the things we enjoy, but it’s important to take steps to help reduce the transmission of COVID-19:

  • Wear a mask when you’re indoors or in a crowded space. If you’re unknowingly infected with COVID-19 this can help prevent it from spreading to other people, and if you’re wearing a face covering, you’re less likely to breathe COVID-19 particles in.
  • Ventilation and letting fresh air in can protect you from breathing in virus particles from someone with COVID-19. You are at higher risk of catching or passing on COVID-19 in crowded and enclosed spaces, where there are more people who might be infectious and where there is limited fresh air.
  • Take a rapid lateral flow test before you go into a high-risk situation such as meeting people, going to an event or seeing someone who is at risk of COVID-19, as this will give you peace of mind that you’re not spreading the virus. If you do test positive you can then self-isolate to protect others.

Stay up to date with government guidance in case restrictions change, and if you are organising a festive gathering or event, we have put together some tips to help you organise this safely.


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