Keeping Southampton Safe

Keeping Southampton Safe

We encourage everyone to remember the importance of socially responsible behaviours to keep you and your families safe from COVID-19. Symptoms may present similarly to those of the common cold/flu, and so following these key health behaviours is vital. Airborne transmission is crucial as this is how the virus spreads, so think about measures you can take to stop this from happening.

  • If you’re meeting indoors keep doors and windows open, even if it’s only for short periods of time – ventilation is essential
  • Wearing a face covering is recommended in crowded public spaces
  • Wash your hands with soap and water frequently
  • Stay at home and get a PCR test if you develop one or more symptoms of COVID-19 (new continuous cough, high temperature, or loss of taste of smell)
  • Remember milder symptoms like a runny nose, sneezing and a headache can also be caused by COVID-19 – if in doubt get a test
  • Have the COVID-19 vaccine – it’s our best defence against COVID-19. The vaccines are safe and effective (it is recommended to get the booster jab when you are offered one, at least 2 months after your second dose)
  • Even if you’ve been double jabbed or had the booster vaccine you can still get COVID and pass it on, so everyone should take regular lateral flow tests. It’s really important for spotting early cases and asymptomatic cases of COVID’
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Open for business

All businesses in every sector remain open with no capacity restrictions. This includes shops, restaurants, bars, health & beauty businesses, gyms, cinemas, theatres, galleries, indoor leisure facilities and hotels. What's more, all of Southampton's nightclubs, bars and music venues will be able to reopen, some for the first time this year. 

How to keep safe when visiting Southampton

To help ensure Southampton is a safe and enjoyable place for everyone, please consider the following before visiting the city:

  • Don't visit if you should be self-isolating
  • Don't visit if you have symptoms
  • Consider meeting others outside to reduce the risk of spreading the virus 
  • Show respect to shop staff and other customers
  • Follow the Hands, Face, Space guidance

Getting Here


Where possible and appropriate, walking and cycling to and around Southampton is encouraged and you may wish to wear a face covering, although it is not currently compulsory. Southampton City Council has partnered with Voi on a new e-scooter pilot scheme which is a great way to get around the city for short journeys, find out more here.

A Cleaner Southampton

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A dedicated cleaning team, provided by GO! Southampton and Southampton City Council, has been working hard to ensure our city centre is safe for businesses to open and visitors/residents to return. The cleaning team is disinfecting high contact areas of the city centre with antiviral spray on a daily rotation which includes public furniture such as benches, fingerposts and bins as well as ATMs, phone boxes and gates. They are also cleaning contact areas of car parks such as handrails, lifts and ticket machines. You should still continue to wash your hands and use hand sanitiser regularly.

More Information

For more information on COVID-19 head to our dedicated page here. 

You can also find more general information on Southampton and COVID-19 on the council's page here. 

*Information correct as of  12th February 2022*

Some of the safety measures have been implemented using some of the £225,000 from the England European Regional Development Fund. This marketing campaign aims to reassure, encourage and inspire residents in Southampton and the surrounding areas to visit the city which is safe and ready for their return. Visit Southampton and Southampton City Council will also be using some of the grant funding to amplify these messages through paid-for channels, such as: digital, local press, radio and leaflet drops. We will publish outcomes and results on this page once the campaign comes to an end.

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