Coronavirus (Covid-19) advice
Published: Monday, 2 March, 2020
Updated: March 23
Please view the relevant links below for the latest information and guidance related to coronavirus:
- Latest updates and advice from SDC
- The latest information from the NHS
- Guidance for employers and businesses
- Advice if you are planning an event
- Statement: COVID-19 community resilience in Stroud district
- SDC's commitments to residents and businesses - we will do whatever it takes to help you
Does your neighbour need help?
It's important that we do all we can to help those in our communities that are likely to become more isolated as measures are put in place to delay the spread of Covid-19. There are some simple but effective things we can all do to help.
Visit Gloucestershire County Council's website to see how you could help.
Waste guidance for people with confirmed or possible coronavirus (COVID-19) infection
Personal waste (such as used tissues) and disposable cleaning cloths can be stored securely within disposable rubbish bags. These bags should be placed into a second bag, tied securely and kept separate from other waste in the house in which you are self-isolating. Keep aside for at least 72 hours before putting into your usual grey wheelie bin.
We recommend that people without wheelie bins who use authorised beige bags for their rubbish should place personal waste in a securely tied disposable rubbish bag (like a black bin bag) before placing in your beige sack.
Recycling, food and garden waste can be presented as normal. Latest waste and recycling updates
General advice about Coronavirus
We are working hard with partners across Gloucestershire to safeguard the health of residents, especially those who are most vulnerable. We have tried and tested plans which puts us in a good position to respond to this emerging situation.
In most cases, Covid19 is mild but everyone should remain vigilant and carry on with good washing of hands and related personal hygiene measures, which include:
- Giving your hands a good wash with soap and water is the most effective action you can take (but hand gels can be a good substitute).
- Maintaining personal hygiene when coughing or sneezing is also important – use a tissue rather your hands and then throw it away.
The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:
- new continuous cough and/or
- high temperature
For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild infection
If you have symptoms of coronavirus infection (COVID-19), however mild, do not leave your home for 7 days from when your symptoms started - you can read more on this here.
If you can, please help others in your community - check on any vulnerable neighbours to see if they need anything from the shops, a prescription collected or help with other small jobs.
For people over 70, additional advice has been issued.