What's in our Corona Virus Info section:
NHS 111 Online Assessment - General NHS advice about coronavirus (COVID-19) and what to do next if you think you have symptoms.
Responding to Omicron
As of 30th November 2021, face coverings are compulsory in shops (plus post offices, hair salons and banks) and on public transport, unless you are medically exempt. Daily Info recommends keeping a face covering handy when you're out and about, in case it gets crowded in other spaces too.
Close contacts of people who have tested positive for the Omicron variant are required to isolate for ten days regardless of vaccination status.
All travellers arriving into the country from 4am on Tuesday 30 November will be required to take a PCR test on or before day 2 and self isolate until they have received a negative test result. The quarantine red list has also been updated.
It remains important to be aware that coronavirus is often symptomless, so taking regular Lateral Flow Tests will help you best protect those around you. You can order tests to be delivered to your home, or collect them from a local pharmacy (nb: you now need a special code, arranged in advance, to collect test kits in person - get your collect code here).
It's also crucial to get a coronavirus vaccine as soon as you are eligible, including booster jabs. Click here to find out more about booking a first dose, second dose or booster jab.
For a good idea of what symptoms to look out for check out this BBC explainer on how to know if you have coronavirus. Also, the IFH (International Forum on Home Hygiene) has detailed guidance on hygiene measures which will best protect you from getting infected, and stop those who become infected from spreading their infection to others.
You can find a wide range of entertaining and uplifting things to participate in virtually through our Virtual Events column.
Oxford City Council has collated useful information with links to guidance on staying at home, school closures, council tenants, waste collection and other issues. It also has guidance translated into other languages. For anyone facing financial hardship of any kind, they have also recently launched a directory of the essential support that is currently available remotely. Help is available from the council for anyone who needs it - you can call them on 01865 249 811.
In addition,Money Saving Expert has a comprehensive guide to your financial rights as well as help for renters and guidance on things like topping up prepaid energy.
Sadly, fraudsters are using the the publicity surrounding coronavirus to carry out scams. Thames Valley Police have issued the following statement regarding COVID-19 related scams, and ask that the public remain vigilant.
Information for Organisations
HMRC have launched a new helpline to assist businesses and self-employed people who are concerned about paying their tax due to coronavirus. You can call 0800 0159 559 to discuss your circumstances and explore options. The helpline is open 8am-8pm Mon-Fri and 8am - 4pm Sat.
Good Finance have an excellent COVID-19 Resource Hub to help charities and social enterprise navigate the problems posed by the outbreak. Charity Excellence also has a very helpful and extensive list of sources of funding for charities and local projects - currently there are 250 and counting, with more added every Monday.
Applications are now open for Cherwell District Council's community wellbeing projects fund. Charities, community groups and voluntary organisations in Kidlington and the surrounding villages can apply for grants of up to £1000 for initiatives which support health and wellbeing, reduce social isolation and connect communities. Click here to find out more.
As of 30th November 2021, face coverings are compulsory on public transport. Apart from this measure, the public transport operators servicing Oxford including Oxford Bus Company, Stagecoach, Oxford Tube and National Rail are operating as normal.
In terms of travel further afield, all travellers arriving into the UK from 4am on Tuesday 30 November will be required to take a PCR test on or before day 2 and self isolate until they have received a negative test result. The quarantine red list has also been updated.
Guidance on events and venues has not changed since restrictions were lifted in July 2021. Venues are able to set their own rules, and many events require proof of a recent negative covid test for attendees, so always check before you book (and booking in advance remains advisable!)
If you're looking for entertainment while staying at home, we continue to highlight online events. Check out our virtual events page to see what's out there.
You can also continue to place events on our site - click here and enter your event title, description, date and time as normal. For listing virtual events: in the Custom Venue box, just paste in the link to your stream, whether it's Zoom, Facebook, Youtube or elsewhere!
What we're doing
Daily Info exists to help people get the most out of life in Oxford, and that remains our mission in good times and bad. We're thrilled that, thanks to support from the government as well as our brilliant customers and readers, we have weathered the storm so far. We have made a few changes over the past 18 months which you may want to bear in mind when contacting us:
Our team are currently working remotely for the most part, so our office is not open to the public. We are available to answer the phone (01865 241133) and email enquiries ([email protected]) between our new core hours of 9am-3pm Mon-Friday
The Printed Sheet
Our iconic printed sheet has switched to a termly edition for the time being - the new one will be sent to venues around Oxford in January 2022. If you would like to display a sheet in your venue, advertise in the sheet, or you'd like us to distribute posters on your behalf when we deliver the sheet, please get in touch on [email protected]
As the printed sheet is no longer weekly, our regular advertising is now online-only. This means you get 2 weeks online for the price of one. Our word limit for free line ads has increased from 20 words to 30.