COVID-19 Health advice

Staying safe outside your home

To reduce the spread of the virus, you should:

  • Keey your distance (two metres) from people you do not live with
  • Avoid being face-to-face with people from outside your household or support bubble. If possible, stay side-to-side as it reduces your chance of being exposed to respiratory droplets (released by talking or coughing).
  • Keep indoor spaces well ventilated by opening windows and doors. Use extractor fans to keep air flow moving. If possible, move activity outdoors as the virus is less likely to transmit in an outdoor setting.
  • Avoid crowded spaces such as public transport at peak travel times. Try to walk or cycle if possible.
  • Avoid shouting or singing near people you do not live with
  • Wash your clothes regularly

Face coverings

Face coverings can help to reduce the spread of COVID-19, but they do not replace social distancing. You should wear a face covering in indoor settings anywhere that you may come into contact with people from outside your household. Wash your hands before putting face coverings on and taking them off.

Read more about face coverings and who should wear them.

Visiting people in care homes

If you have family or friends living in care homes, read the guidance on care home visits.

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