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. 

For latest guidance related to new regulations, variants and booster vaccinations, please visit our test, trace and local outbreak management page.

Guidance and information 

Official information

GOV.UK – long term health-effects of COVID-19

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

GOV.UK – containing and managing local coronavirus outbreaks

GOV.UK – guidance on staying alert and safe (social distancing)

GOV.UK – SAGE response to coronavirus

GOV.UK – COVID-19: investigation and initial clinical management of possible cases

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

GOV.UK – use of face masks in the community

Other useful information

Chief Coroner guidance on COVID-19 (pdf, 26 March 2020)

Care and support

Please visit the page COVID-19: adult social care and support for a range of resources on adult social care and health.


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

Find more info on our Test, Trace and local outbreak management page

Health inequalities

GOV.UK – coronavirus and the social impacts on Great Britain: 29 May 2020

GOV.UK – disparities in the risks and outcomes of COVID-19 (pdf, 2020)

GOV.UK – understanding the impact on BAME communities

Equality and Human Rights Commission – how coronavirus has affected equality and human rights

Equality and Human Rights Commission – inquiry into the impact of coronavirus on ethnic minorities

Public Health England (PHE) in collaboration with the LGA, Association of Directors of Public Health (ADPH), and NHS England and NHS Improvement, have collated a suite of resources relating to health inequalities and COVID-19 to support place-based approaches to planning and responding to the pandemic, while mitigating against potential impacts on those with the poorest health outcomes:

Health and Wellbeing

Sport England – 'Stay in, Work out' campaign

Get Creative - 'Get Creative at Home'

Mental health and wellbeing

LGA & partners

LGA and the Association of Directors of Public Health (ADPH) – a briefing for Directors of Public Health on public mental health and wellbeing issues.

LGA/ADPH loneliness and social isolation practical advice note

LGA – COVID-19: social care staff wellbeing


Mental Health Foundation – mental health in the pandemic

Mental Health Network – our frontline: support for frontline workers

Health Network  bringing VCSE and Statutory Services together to supporting Mental Health in Communities (pdf)

Supporting mental health in communities during the coronavirus crisis

CQC – changes to the Mental Health Act complaints process

Centre for Mental Health – COVID-19 and the nation's mental health: Forecasting needs and risks in the UK: May 2020

Institute of Fiscal Studies – the mental health effects of the first two months of lockdown and social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic in the UK (pdf, June 2020)


Carers UK: mental wellbeing and help and advice

Mobilise’s  a virtual 'Cuppa' for carers at 4pm,

The Children’s Society - Young Carers

Children’s and young people’s mental health

The Children and Young People Mental Health Coalition

Mind for Children and Young People

Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health

Young Minds

Mental capacity

GOV.UK – looking after people who lack mental capacity including deprivation of liberty safeguards


LGA – reaching out: helping councils tackle loneliness

Let's talk loneliness campaign 

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

Mind: about loneliness

Age UK: staying safe and well at home

Alzheimer’s Society: getting support

Stroke Association managing loneliness and isolation

The Silver Line helpline for older people 


Every Mind Matters – Looking after your mental health

Mind – coronavirus and mental wellbeing

Mental Health Foundation: How to look after your mental health

Mental Health and Money Advice  


GOV.UK – Personal protective equipment (PPE) guidance during COVID-19

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

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

The BSIF run a Quality Assurance scheme and can assist with questions around PPE offered, fake documentation and products

Public health services

GOV.UK – COVID-19: advice for smokers and vapers

NHS People Plan for 2020/2021

For more information, please visit our public health page

Support for local leaders

LGA – Health and Wellbeing Board Chair touch base Debrief and moving into the next phase of COVID-19 (pdf, June 2020)

LGA – Health and Wellbeing Boards reset tool: to support HWB chairs move into the next stage of COVID-19

More information on our developing support offer for local leaders is available on our website.

Test, track and local outbreak planning

More information is available on our test, track and local out break plans page.


LGA – COVID-19: social care staff wellbeing

GOV.UK – guidance for coronavirus testing for frontline workers who are self isolating

GOV.UK – guidance on social distancing in workplace during coronavirus

Archived content

GOV.UK – COVID-19: reducing transmission - what you can do to help

DfE/DHSC letter to Directors of Public Health on working with educational settings (23 September)

GOV.UK – briefing and Q&A for local authorities on changes to self-isolation (pdf, 2020)

PHE – data in the public domain (pdf, July 2020)

Centre for Mental Health – understanding inequalities in mental health during the pandemic

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

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