COVID-19 in Sefton

National Lockdown

From the 5th January 2021, the government has announced that people in England must 'stay at home' except for essential purposes

You can find out what you can and cannot do here 

COVID Testing

Anyone showing any of the symptoms of

  • a new continuous cough
  • a fever
  • a loss of/ change in smell or taste 

should immediately arrange to get a coronavirus test by visiting or calling 119

Walk-through SMART COVID-19 testing for residents who DON'T have COVID-19 symptoms is now taking place.

SMART testing will tell you if you have COVID-19. You will get your result in 30 minutes.

It is currently being prioritised for those who have to leave the house for work. 

Find out out more about COVID testing for people who DO and DON'T have symptoms.

Find our Easy Read guide below

Asymptomatic Testing Easy Read (pdf 733KB)


The coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine is safe and effective. It gives you the best protection against coronavirus.

The NHS is currently offering the COVID-19 vaccine to people most at risk from coronavirus.

In England, the vaccine is being offered in some hospitals and pharmacies, at hundreds of local vaccination centres run by GPs and at larger vaccination centres. More centres are opening all the time.

It's being given to:

  • people aged 80 and over
  • people who live or work in care homes
  • health and social care workers at high risk

You also need to be registered with a GP surgery in England. You can register with a GP if you do not have one.

The vaccine will be offered more widely as soon as possible.

You can find Easy Read information here

Adult Social Care 

Care Homes

Care homes will have to complete a risk assessment and develop a visiting policy which will determine if visits can go ahead and how they will be facilitated.

Care homes with outbreaks are not able to open to visitors.

The guidance can be found here 

Last Updated on Friday, January 15, 2021

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