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Social distancing

How to reduce your risk of getting and spreading coronavirus (COVID-19)

  • Wash hands more often: Yes
  • Household isolation for 14 days (if one member of your family or household has a new continuous cough or high temperature): Yes
  • Self-isolation for seven days (if you live alone and you have a new continuous cough or high temperature): Yes
  • Social mixing in the community (for example cinema, theatre, pubs, bars, restaurants, clubs): Advised against
  • Having friends and family to the house: Advised against
  • Use remote access to NHS and essential services (for example via telephone or internet): Advised
  • Vary daily commute and use less public transport: Advised
  • Home working: Advised
  • Wash hands more often: Yes
  • Household isolation for 14 days (if one member of your family or household has a new continuous cough or high temperature): Yes
  • Self-isolation for seven days (if you live alone and you have a new continuous cough or high temperature): Yes
  • Social mixing in the community (for example cinema, theatre, pubs, bars, restaurants, clubs): Strongly advised against
  • Having friends and family to the house: Strongly advised against
  • Use remote access to NHS and essential services (for example via telephone or internet): Strongly advised
  • Vary daily commute and use less public transport: Strongly advised
  • Home working: Strongly advised
  • Wash hands more often: Yes
  • Household isolation for 14 days (if one member of your family or household has a new continuous cough or high temperature): Yes
  • Self-isolation for seven days (if you live alone and you have a new continuous cough or high temperature): Yes
  • Social mixing in the community (for example cinema, theatre, pubs, bars, restaurants, clubs): Strongly advised against
  • Having friends and family to the house: Strongly advised against
  • Use remote access to NHS and essential services (for example via telephone or internet): Strongly advised
  • Vary daily commute and use less public transport: Strongly advised
  • Home working: Strongly advised
  • Wash hands more often: Yes
  • Household isolation for 14 days (if one member of your family or household has a new continuous cough or high temperature): Yes
  • Self-isolation for seven days (if you live alone and you have a new continuous cough or high temperature): Yes
  • Social mixing in the community (for example cinema, theatre, pubs, bars, restaurants, clubs): Strongly advised against
  • Having friends and family to the house: Strongly advised against
  • Use remote access to NHS and essential services (for example via telephone or internet): Strongly advised
  • Vary daily commute and use less public transport: Strongly advised
  • Home working: Strongly advised
  • Those with serious underlying health conditions: Further bespoke guidance will follow.

Social distancing: what does it mean?

Social distancing is the practice of reducing close contact between people to slow the spread of infections or diseases. If you have to come into contact with people maintain a distance of at least two metres from each other.

  • Group gatherings
  • Visits to bars/restaurants
  • Sleepovers
  • Playdates
  • Visiting the elderly with children
  • Crowded retail stores
  • Gyms
  • Visitors to the home
  • Non-essential workers in the home
  • Non-essential travel
  • Visits to uncrowded supermarkets
  • Visits to an uncrowded pharmacy
  • Essential travel
  • Go for a walk (keeping a safe distance from others)
  • Go jogging (keeping a safe distance from others)
  • Cycling
  • Working in the home
  • DIY in and around the home
  • Reading
  • Playing at home
  • Video calls
  • Phone calls
  • Home cooking and meals at home
  • Check on friends and family safely by telephone or the internet

Wash your hands more frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand rub if soap and water is not available.

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