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Protecting yourself and others from COVID-19

Last Updated 2:14pm, 24 March 2020


Information about coronavirus is available in different formats and languages, including easy read, BSL and for people who are not online.

Stay alert

We are being urged to stay alert by the government, and you should work from home if you can.

However, there is recognition that people will still have to travel to work and deliver essential services.

What to do if you or someone in your household has symptoms of coronavirus

How to protect extremely vulnerable people from COVID-19 

Social distancing

This government guidance is for everyone, including children.

It advises on social distancing measures we should all be taking to reduce social interaction between people in order to reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19). It is intended for use in situations where people are living in their own homes, with or without additional support from friends, family and carers. If you live in a residential care setting guidance is available.

Making and wearing face coverings

The government are advising the public to consider wearing face coverings in enclosed public spaces such as shops, trains and buses to help reduce the spread of coronavirus.

The public is being strongly urged not to purchase surgical masks or respirators, which are prioritised for healthcare workers working in more high-risk environments where the risk is greatest. Instead, please make face coverings at home using this guidance on how to make and wear a cloth face covering.