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Dorset Council, NHS services and Public Health are well prepared for outbreaks of infectious diseases such as Coronavirus (COVID-19).

The single most important action we can all take, in fighting Coronavirus, is to stay at home in order to protect the NHS and save lives. New government guidance was published on 23 March 2020.

What you need to do:

Stay at home

  • only go outside for food, health reasons or essential work
  • stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people
  • wash your hands as soon as you get home

Anyone can spread the virus.

Read the full government guidance on staying at home and away from others.

Guidance for businesses 

We are working hard on the detail around the Chancellor’s promise of an immediate 12 month business rate break. If you are a business owner sign up to our business e-newsletter where we will frequently update as the situation evolves.

Read the business rates and Coronavirus support page

Dorset response

In line with the Government’s Coronavirus action plan which sets out measures we need to put into place, we now have a Dorset multi-agency co-ordination group. This group brings together all agencies including councils, public health, NHS services and other public sector groups. 


We will be keeping you up to date regularly on our preparations and latest information from the Government. Sign up to our e-newsletter to get the latest news.

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There is a lot of information in the media and on social media so it’s important to only use trusted sources. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to see our latest posts.

You can find more information about coronavirus at

Public Health England has published information and advice on coronavirus COVID-19.

National Government advice where you can find specific guidance documents for schools, transport workers, social care and community care settings and information for businesses and employers.

We’d like to reassure people that the risk to the general public remains low to moderate and that we are working with NHS colleagues to do everything we can to stop the virus spreading and make sure the people of Dorset are protected as much as possible.

The coronavirus COVID-19 Q&A will answer some of the questions many people have and will be continuously be updated.

The local NHS and Dorset Council are working closely with Public Health England and the Department for Health & Social Care to respond to the national situation. The Government provides daily COVID-19 updates.

Who is leading the response?

Different services and government agencies are responsible for leading different parts of our response:

  • Department for Health and Social Care: the Chief Medical Officer for England confirms each incident
  • Public Health England co-ordinate the response, information and advice on coronavirus (COVID-19)
  • NHS: local and national NHS services are working on the front line to test individuals, and provide advice through calls to NHS 111
  • Dorset Council provides local public health leadership by working in partnership to safeguard the area

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