Government advice on coronavirus

Read the Government Department for Health and Social Care's (DHSC) advice on coronavirus (COVID-19).

As of Monday 23rd March, the government has brought in new measures to restrict the spread of coronavirus. People may only leave the house to exercise no more than once a day, to shop for essentials like food and medicine, and to travel to work if it is absolutely necessary and the work can’t be done from home. Public gatherings of more than two people who do not live together will also be prohibited. These restrictions apply even if you feel well. 

The government is also advising that if you have the symptoms of coronavirus, such as a high temperature or a new, continuous cough, you should self-isolate for 7 days. If you can't cope with your symptoms at home, they get worse, or are no better after 7 days, use the NHS 111 online service.

If someone in your household develops symptoms of coronavirus, you should self-isolate for 14 days from when their symptoms started. Whole households are being asked to isolate because it's more likely that people living together will infect each other, or may already be infected.

Self-isolation means you should not leave the house at all, except for exercise. Ask your friends, family or neighbours for support in picking up essentials like food and medicine, or use online services.

Everyone should also:

  • use disposable tissues to catch coughs and sneezes, and then bin the tissue
  • wash your hands regularly with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds, or use an antiviral sanitiser gel, to kill germs
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth if your hands aren’t clean

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