Covid restrictions ending - Help if you’re worried about Omicron

Coronavirus restrictions

Updated 21st January 2022

It is understandable that this might be a worrying and uncertain time for people living with cancer or who are having cancer treatment. Particularly as the number of cases of coronavirus is still rising. 

Changes in restrictions vary depending on where you live in the UK. Visit government websites for coronavirus guidance in:

Northern Ireland 

If you are worried about coronavirus restrictions easing, there is help available and people to talk to. You can: 

Find out more about different support options and how you can speak to someone

What can people with cancer do to keep safe after lockdown and restrictions lift?

No matter where you live in the UK, here are some suggestions from Macmillan’s cancer specialists that can help you make decisions about keeping safe:

  • Have all doses of the covid vaccine, including boosters when they are offered to you.
  • Have the flu vaccine when it is offered to you. 
  • Follow local guidelines for what you can and cannot do.
  • Continue to take covid precautions that feel right for you, for example:
    • meet people outside when possible
    • wear a mask or face-covering in public places or when meeting indoors with people you don’t live with
    • avoid crowds
    • continue with good hand washing/hand sanitising
    • keep rooms well ventilated if you have guests at home.
  • Try to avoid close contact with people who have not been vaccinated.
  • If you live with children or anyone else who has not been vaccinated, you can ask them to continue to take extra care.
  • You and your household can carry out regular self-testing for covid with lateral flow tests. 
  • If anyone has symptoms of covid, they should self-isolate and book a PCR test straight away.
  • You can read more about when you should be doing lateral flow tests or PCR tests and how to arrange a test in:

Staying safe in hospital after restrictions lift

In hospital and healthcare settings staff continue to work hard to manage the transmission of covid. This is to protect patients and staff and to make sure that treatments can continue. Measures can include:

  • wearing a mask or face-covering
  • spaces between seats in waiting areas
  • reducing the number of visitors 
  • regular covid testing for staff and people having treatment. 

Coping with uncertainty about lockdown and restrictions

Having to cope with uncertainty is always difficult. This can be even harder as restrictions change. It can help to talk through your worries with those close to you and your healthcare team. 

Our support line specialists are available 7 days a week, 8am-8pm on 0808 808 00 00See below for other ways Macmillan can help.


What support is available

If you are worried about how to stay safe, you are not alone. Macmillan Cancer Support are doing the best we can to support people. You can:

If something is worrying you and you need to talk, we're here to listen. From questions about coronavirus, to cancer treatment, to financial advice, we're here for you.

Find out more about the coronavirus support available and the Macmillan teams that are here to help you.

We know that this will be an anxious time for people with cancer. At Macmillan, we are here to do whatever it takes to stand with you. We are urging our staff, volunteers and the public to get vaccinated, wear masks and do everything they can  to protect others in their community.