Although most legal restrictions have been lifted at step 4 and many people have been vaccinated, it is still possible to catch and spread coronavirus, even if you are fully vaccinated.
Coronavirus will be a feature of our lives for the foreseeable future, so we need to learn to live with it and manage the risk to ourselves and others.
- Coronavirus: how to stay safe and help prevent the spread - GOV.UK
- NHS advice about coronavirus, including symptoms, testing, vaccination and self-isolation - NHS website
As coronavirus restrictions are lifted, it is important that we all use personal judgment to manage our own risk. The council will continue to take steps to help ensure the wellbeing of customers, staff and the wider community, while also keeping services running.
If you need to contact the council, the reception area is open between 10am and 4pm, Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays), phone lines and online contact forms are also available. We are keeping the website updated with information about affected services, and alternatives if required.
The council is compliant with the coronavirus secure government guidance on managing the risk of coronavirus within it's offices.
Support for vulnerable people
A helpline has been set up to assist vulnerable people who have been affected by coronavirus. If you are struggling to get food, medicine or essential supplies for yourself or for your family, call the helpline for advice and support.
Hampshire Coronavirus support and helpline - 0333 370 4000
Please note the service is for people currently residing in the county of Hampshire. If you are a resident of Southampton, Portsmouth or the Isle of Wight, and call the number above, you will be signposted to their respective local support numbers.
If you require support and it is not urgent, you can request a call back from Hampshire County Council.
During the pandemic, Havant Borough Council has worked closely with local community-run foodbanks, and keep in regular contact to ensure they are well stocked and have the assistance they need.
There are different tests you can get to check if you have coronavirus. The test you need depends on why you're getting tested.
The 2 main tests are:
- PCR tests – mainly for people with symptoms, they're sent to a lab to be checked
- rapid lateral flow tests – only for people who do not have symptoms, they give a quick result using a device similar to a pregnancy test
Both tests are free.
The coronavirus vaccines are safe and effective. They give you the best protection against coronavirus.
Coronavirus vaccines are available for:
- everyone aged 16 or over
- some children aged 12 to 15 who have a higher risk of getting seriously ill from coronavirus or who live with someone at high risk of catching it
The coronavirus vaccines currently available are given in 2 doses. You usually have the 2nd dose 8 to 12 weeks after the 1st dose.
Discretionary housing payment extension
Discretionary housing payments are an extra award of financial help, that can be awarded for a short period to help you out of a difficult financial situation.
Test and trace support payment
In some circumstances, if you are told by NHS test and trace to self-isolate from the 28 September 2020, you may be supported by a payment of £500, payable from Havant Borough Council.