Help prevent the spread and find out more about the virus.

The government has set out its plan to return life to as near normal as we can, for as many people as we can, as quickly and fairly as possible in order to safeguard livelihoods, but in a way that continues to protect our communities and our NHS.

The government has published guidance on staying alert and staying safe outside your home. Read key FAQs to cover the next set of changes.

If you have the symptoms of coronavirus you must self-isolate and get a test

You must self-isolate and get a test if you have:

  • a high temperature – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
  • a new, continuous cough – this means you've started coughing repeatedly
  • loss/change in your normal sense of smell or taste

Find out about more about test and trace.


How to protect yourself

  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • always wash your hands when you get home or into work
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • 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
  • avoid close contact with people who have symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19)
  • only travel on public transport or drive if you cannot walk or cycle
  • work from home, if you can
  • limit your contact with others, staying at home is the easiest way to do this
  • use phone, online services, or apps to contact your GP surgery or other NHS services
  • do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
  • use a face covering in shops or on public transport

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