Guidance for living safely with Covid-19

Covid-19 is not going away. The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) is reminding people to ensure their COVID-19 vaccinations are up to date and to continue following COVID-safe behaviours. Cases are increasing again and it is important to remain alert, take precautions, and ensure that you are up to date with COVID-19 vaccinations.

Please continue to follow the most up-to date guidance, and remember the actions we can all take to help reduce the risk of catching COVID-19 and passing it on to others.

  1. Get vaccinated.
  2. Let fresh air in if meeting others indoors.
  3. Practise good hygiene:
    • wash your hands
    • cover your coughs and sneezes
    • clean your surroundings frequently
  4. Wear a face covering or a face mask:
    • when you are coming into close contact with someone at higher risk of becoming seriously unwell from COVID-19 or other respiratory infections
    • when COVID-19 rates are high and you will be in close contact with other people, such as in crowded and enclosed spaces
    • when there are a lot of respiratory viruses circulating, such as in winter, and you will be in close contact with other people in crowded and enclosed spaces
    • If you have symptoms or have a positive COVID-19 test result and you need to leave your home. Wearing a well-fitting face covering or a face mask can help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory infections

Whilst no longer a legal requirement, face coverings are still an important tool to they give an added layer of protection to you and the people around you.

Advice on masks

Many people choose to wear cloth masks that are washable and reusable. They are not the best option, but they do offer some protection and are better than wearing no mask. The best cloth masks have multiple layers of breathable fabric and fit snugly over your nose and mouth. If you do choose this option, it's a good idea to buy ones that come with a nose wire and are made with fabric that can block light.

If you choose to wear a disposable mask, try to wear one that has several layers of non-woven material. Choose a size that fits properly over your nose and mouth and comes with a nose wire. Don't wear one that has gaps around the sides of your face or nose.

Remember - for any type of face covering or mask, use the one available to you that offers the best protection, and if it's wet or dirty, get another one.