The Government has introduced new measures that every citizen must comply with to help stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), to protect your NHS, and to save lives. The three new measures include:
- Requiring people to stay at home, except for very limited purposes
- Stopping all gatherings of more than two people in public
- Closing non-essential shops and community spaces
What does this mean for you?
Staying at home
You should be reducing day-to-day contact with other people and only leave the house for one of the four reasons below. Even when doing these activities you should be minimising the time you spend outdoors and ensure you keep at least 2 meters apart from anyone outside your household.
- Shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible
- One form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle - alone or with members of your household
- Any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person
- Travelling to and from work, but only where this is absolutely necessary and cannot be done from home.
Separate advice is available for individuals or households who are:
- isolating yourself and households
- vulnerable and need to be shielded
- where parents do not live in the same household, children under 18 can be moved between their parents’ homes
- a critical worker whose children can still attend school/childcare provider.
What should I do if I feel unwell?
The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of a new continuous cough and/or a high temperature. For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness but regardless of how poorly you feel it is essential you do all you can to prevent spreading the virus. If you develop symptoms you must:
- Self-isolate and stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started
- If you live with other people, even if they remain well they should stay at home for at least 14 days to avoid spreading the infection outside the home. After 14 days, anyone you live with who does not have symptoms can return to their normal routine. But, if anyone in your home gets symptoms, they should stay at home for 7 days from the day their symptoms start. Even if it means they're at home for longer than 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill. The diagram available here helps to explain the guidance.
- Do not go to places like a GP practice, pharmacy or hospital
- You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you’re staying at home. If you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home, or your condition gets worse, or your symptoms do not get better after 7 days, then telephone 111 free from your landline or mobile phone, available 24 hours a day. You can also visit the NHS 111 online coronavirus service.
Closing non-essential shops and public spaces
The Government has ordered certain businesses and venues to close to reduce social contact. Click here for the latest information and guidance.
Stopping public gatherings
Public gatherings of more than two people have been stopped to ensure people are staying home and maintaining social distancing. This includes social events both inside and outside the home, weddings, baptisms and other religious ceremonies. This excludes funerals, which can be attended by immediate family. There are only two exceptions to this rule:
- where the gathering is of a group of people who live together - this means that a parent can, for example, take their children to the shops if there is no option to leave them at home.
- where the gathering is essential for work purposes - but workers should try to minimise all meetings and other gatherings in the workplace, and maintain the 2 meter rule.
Going to work
The public are being urged to work from home where possible to minimise day-to-day contact with people, and reduce the risk of being exposed to, and spreading the virus.
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- Twitter: @NHSuk
- Facebook: @NHSwebsite
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