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Coronavirus – do’s and don’ts

by Nicola Appleton

It’s very important to do what you can to reduce the risk of you and other people getting coronavirus. You can spread the virus even if you do not have symptoms.

It’s important you limit social interactions with others and maintain social distancing at all times.

Meeting others
  • You can meet in any outdoor space in a group of up to 6 people from different households.
  • Single adult households – in other words adults who live alone or with dependent children only – can continue to form an exclusive ‘support bubble’ with one other household.
  • You can also meet in a group of two households (anyone in your support bubble counts as one household), in any location ‒ public or private, indoors or outdoors in places such as pubs and restaurants. This does not need to be the same household each time.
  • Do not arrange or attend celebrations (such as parties) where it is difficult to maintain social distancing.
  • It remains the case ‒ even inside someone’s home ‒ that you should socially distance from anyone not in your household or bubble.
Do
  • Stay at least 2 metres (3 steps) away from anyone you do not live with (or anyone not in your support bubble).
  • Wear a face covering where advised including in shops, on public transport, in hospital settings, places of worship, museums, libraries and galleries – to name just a few. The full list, including how to make you own, is on the UK website.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • Wash your hands as soon as you get home
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • Put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
Don’t
  • Do not ignore symptoms. If you have a high temperature, new / persistent cough or a loss of taste or smell, stay at home and book a test through nhs.uk/coronavirus or by ringing 119.
  • Do not arrange or attend celebrations (such as parties) where it is difficult to maintain social distancing.
  • Don’t exceed the number of people you can socialise with (it’s two households at any one time and anyone in your bubble counts as one household).
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.
Cllr Sean Donnelly, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, said:

“I cannot stress enough the importance of keeping your distance from other people (at least 2 metres), wearing a face covering and regularly washing your hands. Also with the warming weather, it’s tempting to get family and friends together, but remember, guidance is to only socialise with 6 people in your garden and two other households if you go out to a pub or restaurant. We all have a part to play in stopping the spread of the virus – let’s keep our numbers low by playing our part and keeping social interactions to a minimum and keeping our distance from others.”

Read more about staying safe outside your home on GOV.UK.