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Protecting yourself and others from COVID-19

Last Updated 11:46am, 11 February 2021


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Stay alert - help control the virus

As cases rise across the UK, including in Devon, we are being urged by the government to continue to be vigilant and stay alert.

To protect yourself and others, when you leave home you must:

  • wash hands – keep washing your hands regularly
  • cover face – wear a face covering over your nose and mouth in enclosed spaces
  • make space – stay at least a metre away from people not in your household

If you are feeling unwell, get a test and do not leave home for at least 10 days.

It is vital to self isolate to stop coronavirus from spreading in our community, particularly to people who could become very sick if they catch the virus.

Social distancing

Social distancing measures are steps we should all take to reduce social interaction between people in order to reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19).

You should continue to avoid close contact and remain socially distant from anyone you do not live with or who is not in your support bubble – even inside other people’s homes. Ideally keep a distance of 2 metres, or if this isn’t possible aim for at least 1 metre, and use other protective measures such as wearing a face covering.

This government guidance is for everyone, including children.

If you live in a residential care setting additional guidance is available.

Wearing face coverings

Wearing face coverings is now required by law in enclosed public spaces where social distancing may be difficult and where you come into contact with people you do not normally meet. This will help to protect you and anyone you come into contact with and is critical to keeping everyone safe.

Enclosed public spaces include:

  • shops, supermarkets, indoor shopping centres and takeaway food outlets
  • banks, building societies, post offices
  • on public transport and in indoor transport hubs
  • public indoor settings such as museums, galleries, cinemas and public libraries.

Full guidance on when to wear a face covering as well as how to make your own.

Hand washing

Regular, thorough hand washing is still one of the best things that we can all do to protect ourselves and others.

Wash your hands often using soap and water (for at least 20 seconds), and dry them thoroughly.

Where available, use hand sanitiser outside your home, especially as you enter a building, after using public transport or after you have had contact with surfaces. Avoid touching your face.

Getting tested and self-isolating

Tests are available for people with or without COVID-19 symptoms. Find out how to get a COVID-19 test in Devon.

Read our guidance about when to self-isolate and how to prepare.