Containing and managing local coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreaks

Guidance for local authorities and local decision-makers on containing and managing COVID-19 outbreaks at a local level.



This document sets out how NHS Test and Trace and the Joint Biosecurity Centre (JBC) will work with local authorities, Public Health England (PHE) and the public to contain and manage local COVID-19 outbreaks.

Published 17 July 2020
Last updated 18 March 2021 + show all updates
  1. Updated 18 March 2021 following the publication of the government's roadmap. The update makes clear national and local roles and responsibilities.

  2. Removed information on action cards used to help businesses and organisations manage an outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19).

  3. Removal of out-of-date text relating to education tiers.

  4. Removed annex 3, please instead refer to

  5. Added annex 3: information on tiers of national restriction for education and childcare.

  6. Removed reference to the powers Food Safety Act (1990) section 12 and the Food Safety and Hygiene (England) Regulations 2013 (SI 2013/2996) [Regulation 8] from annex 2, which can only be used in respect of food safety issues.

  7. First published.