Latest information and advice

(Last updated Thursday 4th June at 9.45am)

COVID -19: Why take the risk?

Recently, the Prime Minister announced that the UK is "past the peak" of the Coronavirus outbreak and said the "stay at home" slogan would be replaced with a "stay alert" message.

However, while there may have been a peak in London, here in Hartlepool we do not believe that we are yet out of danger. With this in mind, we've taken a decision not to adopt the new national "stay alert" messaging but to use a "why take the risk?" slogan instead.

How to protect yourself

  • Stay at home as much as possible
  • Work from home if you can
  • Limit contact with other people
  • Keep your distance if you go out (2 metres)
  • Wash your hands regularly

You can spread the virus even if you don’t have symptoms.


Click here for full guidance on staying at home and away from others

Click here for health advice, including if you have symptoms

Click here for further Government instructions and advice, including details of the closure of all non-essential retailers and non-essential premises

The Government updates this information daily.


The Government has also provided some advice in other languages and easy read formats:

Click here for guidance on staying at home in other languages and easy read formats

Click here for guidance on social distancing and for vulnerable people in other languages


The Deaf Health Charity, Sign Health are also sharing a range of Government information in British Sign Language through videos on its website:

Click here for the Sign Health Coronavirus website


For blind and partially-sighted people, the Sight Advice FAQ website has Coronavirus-related frequently asked questions:

Click here for the Sight Advice FAQ website


Basic protective measures

Germs can live on some surfaces for hours. To help protect yourself and others:

  • Frequent handwashing with soap and water, or regular use of a sanitiser gel, are the most effective means to prevent infection.
  • Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze.
  • Bin the tissue, and kill the germs, before washing your hands.

This is the best way to slow the spread of most germs – including Coronavirus.