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

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 – overview of scientific information on coronavirus

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

GOV.UK – DfE explanatory note on SAGE modelling

Other useful information

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

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

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

The Health Foundation COVID-19 survey (pdf, June 2020)

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

Care and support

CQC – next steps to support adult social care during the COVID-19 pandemic

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)

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

NHS.UK – COVID-19 Discharge hub

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

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

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)

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 – 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'

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

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

Association of Mental Health providers and the NHS Confederation Mental Health Network have published a briefing about supporting mental health in communities during Covid-19

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

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

Mind – coronavirus and mental wellbeing

Mind – coronavirus mental health response fund

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

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

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

GOV.UK – commission on Human Medicines advice on ibuprofen and coronavirus

NHS People Plan for 2020/2021

NHS.UK – COVID-19 restoration of community health services for children and young people: second phase (pdf, 3 June 2020) 

NHSE – Prioritisation within community health services (pdf, 1 April 2020)

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

The Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare has produced advice for women seeking contraception, abortion and other SRH srvices during COVID-19

More information on the LGA’s work on public health can be found here.

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 can be found here.

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

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. 

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

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

GOV.UK – health, care, and volunteer workers parking pass and concessions

NHS free parking search service

NHS.UK – advice to skilled and experienced nurses and midwives about how to return to work