You should always try to stay 2 metres away from other people, wash your hands often, not touch your face and catch coughs and sneezes in a tissue. These actions are critical to reducing the transmission of COVID-19 in our communities.
More information is available on what you can do to protect yourself and others.
Wear a face covering on public transport, in shops and supermarkets, and all other public places where you are required to do so by law.
More information is available on when to wear a face covering and how to make your own face covering.
You should limit the number of people you see socially. Always try to stay 2 metres away from people you do not live with or who are not in your ‘support bubble’1.
More information is available on support bubbles and social distancing.
Unless you live in an area with local restrictions, you and the people you live with can socialise indoors with people from one other household, and you can stay overnight with each other. Try to keep 2 metres apart from people not in your own household.
More information is available on what you can and can’t do.
You can socialise outdoors with up to 6 people from different households. If you want to socialise with more than 6 people, you can meet outside up to a limit of 30 people, but only if they are from your household and one other household. Always try to keep 2 metres apart.
More information is available on how to safely meet other people outside of your home.
You should take special care when spending time with people who are clinically extremely vulnerable.
More information is available on how to support people who are clinically extremely vulnerable.
Staying at home
If you have symptoms of COVID-19, stay at home and book a free test immediately. Closely follow the advice you are given when you book your test. If you live with other people, they should stay at home too.
Information on how to book a test and advice on what to do next is available.
If you are notified by NHS Test and Trace that you are a contact of a person with COVID-19, stay at home and follow the advice you are given.
More information is available on what to do if you are a contact of someone with COVID-19.
If you are returning from certain countries affected by COVID-19, stay at home and follow the advice you are given.
Find out which countries are affected.
If you are staying at home for any COVID-19 related reason, you should not go outside except to your own garden or outside space. You should not have visitors to your home except for people who provide you with essential care.
More information is available for carers who are visiting you at home.