COVID-19: public health

Information and guidance related to public health services, including mental health and isolation.


We are working as fast as we can to update this page with useful information for you. Please follow @LGAwellbeing for the latest updates and keep checking back. 


Official Government information

GOV.UK – coronavirus guidance for health professionals and other organisations 

GOV.UK – The Health Protection (coronavirus, restrictions) Regulations 2020

PHE dashboard with information on confirmed cases of coronavirus 

PHE blog: novel coronavirus - what you need to know (regularly updated) 

PHE blog: what is contact tracing? 

PHE blog: what is self-isolation and why is it important? 


LGA guidance and support

The LGA has created two LG Inform COVID-19 reports showing cases data over time, the rate per 100,000 people, and the top ten councils for cases (by total number, as a rate, and by the biggest number on a single day) on a daily basis. 


Information from the NHS

Future NHS Better Care Exchange: COVID-19 section (requires log-in)

NHS.UK – Guidance on supply and use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

NHS.UK – COVID-19 Hospital Discharge Service Requirements (pdf, 19 March 2020)

NHSE – FAQs on using FFP 3 Respiratory Protective Equipment, (pdf, 20 March 2020)

Letter from chief executives of all NHS trusts and foundation trusts to local authority chief executives and directors of adult social care, (pdf, 20 March 2020)

NHS.UK – National data opt-out compliance deadline extended

NHS.UK – Data security and protection toolkit - deadline extended

Letter to the health and care sector regarding the extension of the national data opt-out (pdf, 19 March 2020)


Other useful information

Association of Directors of Public Health – COVID-19: the ADPH approach 

The LGA has worked with Government to develop a scheme that now suspends parking charges for health workers, social care workers and NHS volunteers for on-street parking and open car parks (e.g. pay and display car parks) as they go about their critical work. 

Public health register (UKPHR) – Response to COVID-19

Sport England – 'Stay in, Work out' campaign

Sport England – £195 million package to help sport and physical activity through coronavirus

Mental health 

Campaign to End Loneliness – ideas to help older people stay connected during self-isolation

GOV.UK  guidance for the public on mental health and wellbeing

GOV.UK – guidance on supporting children and young people's mental health and wellbeing

GOV.UK – Guidance to access on green spaces

Mind – coronavirus and mental wellbeing

Every Mind Matters – Looking after your mental health

World Health Organisation – Mental health and psychological resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic