Coronavirus Guidance

On this page, you’ll find information related to the coronavirus pandemic and relevant national measures which will affect any planned visit to Southampton. Given the fast-changing nature of the current situation, the information on this page may change at any time. 

What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 (caused by coronavirus) is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. If you are unsure of what COVID-19 is or need medical advice please go to the NHS page here. If you think you may have any of the symptoms please call 111.

What's open in Southampton?

All businesses are open for business in Southampton including: 

  • Retail shops 
  • Hospitality businesses: nightclubs, pubs, bars, cafés and restaurants
  • Health & beauty businesses: hairdressers, tattooists, beauty salons and gyms
  • Accommodation: hotels, B&Bs, guest houses, self-catering 
  • Cultural venues: theatres, galleries, museums, concert halls, music venues
  • Leisure businesses: Cinemas, bowling alleys, indoor play areas, arcades 

Staying safe in Southampton

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’

Wearing face coverings

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Face coverings are not mandatory in any indoor or outdoor settings but you may wish to wear one to keep yourself and others safe. Some sectors and businesses such as public transport providers may also strongly advise wearing a face covering. Please be respectful of others and their choices.

Getting tested and vaccinations

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Testing twice a week will help make sure you don’t have COVID-19, reducing the risk to those around you. Rapid lateral flow testing is now available free to anybody without symptoms. You can get your tests from pharmacies, testing sites, employers, schools, colleges and universities. You can also order tests to be delivered to your house. Find out more and order your tests here. 

Please remember, if you have any symptoms of COVID-19 you should continue to get a PCR test - book one here. 

Vaccinations are now available to take and booster jabs are available for certain age groups. Although not mandatory we encourage you to get your vaccination as soon as you can to help protect yourself and others.

Getting Here / Getting Around

In terms of operators serving Southampton, please see links below for some specific updates:


South Western Railway

Southern Rail


Great Western Railway

Bus & Coach Travel

National Express 


First Southampton

Xela Bus


Southampton Airport ­

Ferry & Crusie

Red Funnel Ferries

Hythe Ferry

Cruise Travel - the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) currently advises against all but essential travel abroad, including cruises, until further notice. If your planned cruise is essential travel please contact your cruise line to check if you can still travel.

Business Information

If you are a business in Southampton and need information head to our GO! Southampton COVID-19 page for businesses support and guidance. 

You can also find the latest guidance and support for tourism businesses during COVID-19 on the Visit England Business Advice Hub. 

*Information correct as of 12th Februayr 2022*

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