Coronavirus – Current Advice

Page updated 30th December 2020

The whole of Somerset has been placed in Tier 4 from 31st December 2020.

Tier 4 is a “Stay at Home” level of restriction – you must not be outside of your home except for specific purposes.

The new measures will see no mixing of households indoors (apart from support bubbles) and a maximum of two people meeting outdoors in a public space. Hospitality establishments, such as bars, pubs, cafes, restaurants, must continue to remain closed except for takeaway, delivery and click and collect services.

Essential shops can remain open, all non essential retail must close and can only open for click and collect and delivery.

Indoor leisure and entertainment such as gyms and cinemas must close, along with personal care establishments, such as hairdressers and beauty salons, they will also close in tier 4.

You can leave your home to exercise by yourself,  with your household or support bubble, or with one other person from another household.

If you do have to leave home then please remember to wash your hands, cover your face and make space by leaving at least 2m.

Further information and guidance on the tier 4 restrictions can be on the Government’s website.


There are three simple actions we must all do to keep on protecting each other

  • Wash hands – keep washing your hands regularly
  • Cover face – wear a face covering in enclosed spaces
  • Make space – stay at least 2 metres apart – or 1 metre with a face covering or other precautions

Here’s the latest information from the NHS website.

Additional further updates can be found on the Government’s website.


The coronavirus symptoms are:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough
  • a loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste

If you suffer from any of the above you need to get a test and stay at home.


If you have symptoms or have received a positive test result, you must:

  • Stay at home and begin to self-isolate for 10 days from when your symptoms start. Arrange to have a test if you have not already had one. The result of the test will determine how long you must stay at home and self-isolate.
  • Stay at home while you are waiting for a home test kit or a test site appointment.
  • A positive test result means you must complete a 10-day isolation period.
  • If your test is negative, you can stop self-isolating as long as you are well.
  • If you do not have symptoms but have tested positive for COVID-19, stay at home and self-isolate for 10 days from the day the test was taken. If you develop symptoms after your test, restart your 10-day isolation period from the day the symptoms start.

Stay as far away from other members of your household as possible, especially if they are clinically extremely vulnerable. Avoid using shared spaces such as kitchens and other living areas while others are present and take your meals back to your room to eat.

You could be fined if you do not stay at home and self-isolate following a positive test result for COVID-19 and you are notified by NHS Test and Trace that you need to self-isolate.

If you are concerned about coronavirus you can read the latest on the Frome Medical Practice website.

Somerset County Council have also put together some hints and tips for looking after your mental health during this time.

We will be updating this page with further information when it is available.