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Protecting Yourself From Coronavirus

Last updated 31 March 2020

Staying At Home

The Government has said that everyone must stay at home to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

They also recommend that people with underlying health conditions fully self-isolate for 12 weeks from 23rd March 2020.

When is leaving home allowed?

You may leave your home for 1 of 4 reasons:

  • Shopping for essentials (food, medicine, etc) in as few visits to the shop as possible
  • One form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household
  • Travelling to and from work where the work absolutely cannot be done from home
  • Any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person
These 4 reasons are exceptions – even when doing these activities, you should be minimising time spent outside of the home and ensuring you are 2 metres apart from anyone outside of your household.

There are also further restrictions on movement for people who need to self-isolate.

Reducing The Spread Of Coronavirus

You can help stop spreading coronavirus in the following ways

  • Wash your hands with soap and water often - do this for at least 20 seconds
  • Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water not available
  • Wash your hands as soon as you get back home
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • Put used issues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
    • Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean