COVID-19: Advice from Portsmouth City Council

Following Government advice that is designed to help reduce the spread of coronavirus, the council has taken a number of steps to help ensure the wellbeing of customers, staff and the wider community, while also keeping essential services running.

This means some of the services people usually use will be closed, or will be operating in a different way. We are working hard to make sure the services our residents rely on are available as far as we possibly can, and we are putting additional measures in place to make sure that people in at-risk groups who may be more greatly affected by the social distancing measures are supported.

The situation is changing quite quickly, but you can find all of the council’s information about the latest situation in Portsmouth on our website at:

How can I help?

We know people in Portsmouth will be keen to lend a hand in their local community – and there are lots of opportunities to help.

HIVE Portsmouth is coordinating the community response, to make sure those most in need get help, but you can support local businesses too.

See how you can help.

National advice

We’re urging everyone to follow the Government’s advice. Don’t put yourself or others at risk of coronavirus, stay home.

The only reasons to leave home are:

  • shopping for basic necessities which must be as infrequent as possible
  • one form of exercise a day, alone or with members of your household
  • any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person
  • travelling to and from work, but only where this absolutely cannot be done from home

These four reasons are exceptions – even when doing these activities, you should be minimising time spent outside of the home and ensuring you are 2 metres apart from anyone outside of your household.

You can read the latest NHS coronavirus information here.

You can read the latest Government coronavirus information here.

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