Corona Virus Advice from Joy Morrissey MP

My office has received a lot of correspondence seeking help and advice. To ensure you get the right help as quickly as possible please see the latest information below and follow the relevant guidance.
Joy Morrissey MP

Stay at Home
The Government has implemented a national lock down.
You must not leave your home.
Only leave your home for the following:
Food and medicine.
Exercise once a day by yourself.
Your place of work, if working from home is not possible.
Do not meet friends or family.
You can spread the virus even if you have no symptoms.
Failure to follow these rules may result in fines being issued.
Staying home will save lives
For more detailed advice got to

For the latest NHS guidance please go to
We have a shortage of ventilators but are calling on any businesses who are able to help produce more. If you can help please go to and fill in your businesses information, or call 0300 456 3565
We are passing legislation to allow recently retired nurses and doctors to return to work and help manage incoming cases.
We are working to increase testing capacity to 25,000 tests a day which will allow us to test NHS staff working on the frontline.

If you need to self-isolate and your employer requires evidence, you can get an isolation note from NHS 111 online at
DO NOT call NHS 111. Go online instead
If you are self-employed or on a zero-hours contract you can apply for Universal Credit
Contact 0800 328 5644 for more information
The government will be providing grants to employers which provide 80% of employees’ salaries. Go to for more information.

All state funded schools are closed until further notice.
Schooling will still be made available to certain core workers deemed of national significance, including NHS staff, social workers, police, and many more.
A full list can be found here
For further guidance contact 0800 046 8687
GCSE's, A-Levels, and all other public exams have been cancelled. Students will instead be assessed by an independently moderated assesment based upon mock examinations, previous public examination results, and input form schools and teachers.
The full information can be found here

Foreign Nationals
The Foreign Office has advised all British Nationals to return to the UK immediately.
If you are stranded abroad, or are having difficulty returning home, contact the consular services in the country you are in, or contact the Foreign Office on +44 207 008 1500
Find the relevant advice for the country you are staying in here
For more detailed travel advice from the government go to

Updated 30th March 2020


Please note, due to the Coronavirus pandemic, all constituency surgeries with Joy Morrissey MP will now be held over the telephone. There will be no face-to-face surgeries until further notice.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Government Guidelines

COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It's caused by a virus called coronavirus.
Stay at home if you have coronavirus symptoms
Stay at home if you have either:
• a high temperature – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
• a new, continuous cough – this means you've started coughing repeatedly
Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you're staying at home.
Testing for coronavirus is not needed if you're staying at home.
How long to stay at home
• if you have symptoms, stay at home for 7 days
• if you live with other people, they should stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person got symptoms
If you live with someone who is 70 or over, has a long-term condition, is pregnant or has a weakened immune system, try to find somewhere else for them to stay for 14 days.
If you have to stay at home together, try to keep away from each other as much as possible.
Read our advice about staying at home.
Urgent advice:Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:
• you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
• your condition gets worse
• your symptoms do not get better after 7 days
Use the 111 coronavirus service
Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.
How to avoid catching and spreading coronavirus (social distancing)
Everyone should do what they can to stop coronavirus spreading.
It is particularly important for people who:
• are 70 or over
• have a long-term condition
• are pregnant
• have a weakened immune system
• wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
• always wash your hands when you get home or into work
• use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
• cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
• put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
• avoid close contact with people who have symptoms of coronavirus
• only travel on public transport if you need to
• work from home, if you can
• avoid social activities, such as going to pubs, restaurants, theatres and cinemas
• avoid events with large groups of people
• use phone, online services, or apps to contact your GP surgery or other NHS services
• do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
• do not have visitors to your home, including friends and family
The NHS will contact you from Monday 23 March 2020 if you are at particularly high risk of getting seriously ill with coronavirus. You'll be given specific advice about what to do.
Do not contact your GP or healthcare team at this stage – wait to be contacted.
Who is at risk?
How coronavirus is spread
Because it's a new illness, we do not know exactly how coronavirus spreads from person to person.
Similar viruses are spread in cough droplets.
It's very unlikely it can be spread through things like packages or food.
Travel advice
There are some countries and areas where there's a higher chance of coming into contact with someone with coronavirus.
If you're planning to travel abroad and are concerned about coronavirus, see advice for travellers on GOV.UK.
Treatment for coronavirus
There is currently no specific treatment for coronavirus.
Antibiotics do not help, as they do not work against viruses.
Treatment aims to relieve the symptoms while your body fights the illness.
You'll need to stay in isolation, away from other people, until you have recovered.
More information
• GOV.UK: coronavirus action plan
• GOV.UK: information on coronavirus and the situation in the UK
• NHS England: coronavirus for health professionals
• Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG): coronavirus advice for pregnant women