National restrictions for England come into effect today

COVID-19 cases are rising across Herefordshire. As of 30 October 2020, Herefordshire reported 87.1 cases per 100,000 (against the 229.4 cases per 100,000 in England). Over the last week, 168 positive cases were reported in the county.

See the daily case numbers for Herefordshire.


The government has introduced national restrictions to limit our contact with other people and control the spread of coronavirus.

From Thursday 5 November until Wednesday 2 December, you must:

  • Stay at home

Except for specific purposes, such as for childcare and education, or to shop for food and medicine. You must work from home where possible.

  • Minimise contact with others outside your household or support bubble

You must not meet socially indoors with family or friends unless they are part of your household or support bubble, or to provide informal childcare for children aged 13 and under.

You can exercise or visit outdoor public places with the people you live with or your support bubble. When you are on your own, you can socialise outdoors with one person from another household. Children under 5, as well as disabled people dependent on round-the-clock care, are not counted towards the limit on two people meeting outside.

Full details of the new national restrictions are online at


When to get a test

If you experience any one of the following symptoms, you must book a test and self-isolate with your household until you receive the result:

  • A persistent, dry cough
  • A high temperature
  • A loss or changed sense of taste or smell

Book a test by calling 119 or online at


If you need to self-isolate

The council recommends that you prepare a plan now in case you need to self-isolate this winter. Think about the support you may need on a daily basis and whether family friends or neighbours can help you. Your plan might include support with things that you usually take for granted, such as shopping, collecting medicine or pet care. If you need additional support, call the Herefordshire Council Talk Community Helpdesk on 01432 260027 or email

You may also be asked to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace. This may be because you have tested positive for coronavirus, or you have recently been in close contact with someone who has tested positive. A £500 payment will be paid if you are asked to self-isolate, but you are unable to work from home and you will lose your income. You must also receive an eligible benefit, such as Universal Credit.

Apply for the £500 Test and Trace support payment online, and get the latest advice and information at


Council services during lockdown

Play areas, public toilets and educational settings remain open.

Blueschool House customer services remain open with booking required. Book online or call 01432 260066.

Herefordshire Household Recycling Centres are open with online booking required. Trade waste sacks can be ordered online.

Libraries are open for click and collect only with online orders for books and green bags. Museums and archives are closed.

Published: 5th November 2020