Coronavirus Information and FAQs – Updated Daily

Useful Links

Coronavirus advice translated into 20 languages

Mind – Looking after your wellbeing during the pandemic

Manchester City Council – information for businesses

Government grants for self-employed workers

Government guidance on support for businesses

Manchester City Council – benefits and money

Government guidance on school closures (including list of key workers)

Foreign Office – travel advice

Fallowfield and Withington Foodbank

Burnage Foodbank

Chorlton and Didsbury Foodbank

Chorlton Good Neighbours 

Didsbury Good Neighbours

Withington Assist


Government business support helpline – 0300 456 3565

HMRC Coronavirus tax helpline – 0800 015 9559

Universal Credit helpline – 0800 328 5644

School closures helpline – 0800 046 8687


What do you need to know about Coronavirus?

COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It’s caused by a virus called coronavirus.

What are the symptoms of Coronavirus?

The symptoms of Coronavirus are:

  • A dry cough
  • A high temperature
  • Shortness of breath

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital if you experience these symptoms. You do not need to call 111 to tell them you’re staying at home.

When should you call the NHS 111 number?

You should call 111 if you are experiencing symptoms and:

  • you feel that you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
  • your condition gets worse
  • your symptoms do not get better after 7 days

You can access the online assessment system here.

Guidance on staying at home

From Monday 23rd March, the government are advising everyone to stay at home except for very limited purposes. These are:

  • Shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible
  • One form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household
  • Any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person
  • Travelling to and from work, but only where this absolutely cannot be done from home

These four reasons are exceptions – even when doing these activities, you should be minimising time spent outside of the home and ensuring you are 2 metres apart from anyone outside of your household.These measures must be followed by everyone.

For those who are over 70, have an underlying health condition or are pregnant, it is strongly advised that you stay at home for 12 weeks.

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