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 information

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)

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

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

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 – coronavirus guidance for health professionals and other organisations 

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

GOV.UK – use of face masks in the community

Other useful information

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

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

Care and support

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

NHS.UK – COVID-19 Discharge hub

NHS.UK – COVID-19 prioritisation within community health services

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


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

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/CfMH  Local authorities and the public’s mental health

LGA/ADPH  Public mental health and wellbeing and COVID-19

LGA/ADPH – Loneliness, social isolation and COVID-19: practical advice

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

Mental Health Foundation – mental health in the pandemic

Centre for Mental Health – COVID-19 and the nation's mental health: October 2020 

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

Mind – coronavirus and mental wellbeing

PHE – Now more than ever, Every Mind Matters: new campaign resources

Please see the folder titled 'Mental health, mental capacity, isolation and wellbeing on the vulnerable groups page, and the mental health FAQs.


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 – guidance for commissioners and providers of services for people who use drugs or alcohol

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