Latest Information on Coronavirus

The Government has announced a new three tier system that classifies areas as being on ‘medium’, ‘high’ or ‘very high’ alert. Similarly to the rest of London, Kingston will move to the ‘HIGH’ tier’ from Saturday 17 October.

Local COVID Alert Level: HIGH

This means:

  • You must not mix socially with anyone outside your household or support bubble in any indoor setting.
  • It is against the law to gather in a group of more than six outdoors, unless covered by an exemption.
  • Pubs, bars and restaunrants must close at 10pm. 
  • You should work from home if you can.
  • Schools and universities remain open
  • Places of worship remain open, but you cannot mix with people outside of your household or support bubble
  • Organised sport and licensed physical activity allowed in outdoor settings. Indoor organised sport must follow social contact rules (other than youth or disability sport). Public attendance not permitted at elite sport events.
  • Up to 15 allowed at wedding ceremonies.
  • Up to 30 allowed to attend a funeral, 15 for wakes.

Read more about the restriction for areas on high alert at

What can I do to stop the spread of COVID-19 and protect my family and friends? 

  • Rates of COVID-19 are increasing across the country and we all have a vital role to play in stopping the spread of the virus and protecting our family and friends - particularly those who are most vulnerable to the severest impacts of the disease.

  • You can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by remembering Hands, Face, Space: 
    Wash your hands regularly for more than 20 seconds.
    Wear a face covering in shops, on public transport and where you cannot maintain a 2 metre distance.
    Keep a safe distance from people not in your household or support bubble - 2 metres where possible or 1 metre with extra precautions. 

  • If you have any symptoms of COVID-19 - a new cough, a high temperature or a loss or change in your sense of taste or smell - you must self isolate, that means stay at home, and book a free test as soon as possible. To book a test visit or call 119. 

Rules on self isolation

  • If you test positive for COVID-19, you must self isolate for 10 days from when your symptoms started. Anyone you live with must self isolate for 14 days from when your symptoms started.

  • If you are contacted by NHS Test and Trace and told you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, you must self isolate for 14 days. You should only book a free test if you develop any symptoms. 

  • The Government will be imposing fines starting at £1,000 and rising to £10,000 for those who do not follow the rules on self isolation. This will be enforced by the Police.

  • The council and other agencies will support you if you and your family need to self isolate. To find out what support and advice is available, visit or call Kingston Council on 020 8547 5000 or complete their support form at 

  • The Government has announced financial support for those on low incomes and in receipt of benefits who cannot work from home if they are required to self isolate.

NHS contact tracing app 

  • The NHS COVID-19 App was launched by the Government on 24 September. A range of businesses including hospitality venues, close contact services, community centres, libraries and places of worship are required by law to collect contact details for all their customers for NHS Test and Trace. The app will enable you to register your details with the venues you visit via your smartphone. 

  • If someone you have been in close contact with tests positive for the virus, and shares this information with the NHS Test and Trace app, you will receive an alert telling you to self isolate for 14 days. 

  • The more people who use the NHS Test and Trace app, the more the NHS will be able to track the virus and send alerts to those who may have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID. 

Rule of Six

When indoors, you must not mix with anybody outside your household or support bubble. In outdoor settings, the Rule of Six applies. This means you can gather outdoors in groups of up to six people. 

Why should I follow the rules? 

  • The rules are here to protect everyone, and to help us protect each other. If you increase your risk of exposure to the virus, you increase the risk of everyone around you.  

  • By following the rules and playing our part, we can protect jobs and protect our local hospital and NHS services. We need to prevent the spread of COVID-19 to ensure the NHS can continue to provide all the essential services people across our borough rely on.

Latest government guidance

What you can and cannot do

Staying safe outside your home - social distancing

Face coverings - when to wear one and how to make your own

Traveling abroad - rules on quarantining when you return home

Countries exempt from quarantine rules

Guidance on self isolating

Guidance on shielding 

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