Wash your hands
Washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or using hand sanitiser (with 60 to 70% alcohol content) when soap and water are not available, regularly throughout the day will reduce the risk of catching or passing on the virus.
To help break the chain of transmission of COVID-19, you should wash your hands at the following times:
- when you blow your nose, cough or sneeze
- before leaving your home
- after visiting a public space, including public transportation, shops and places of worship
- after touching surfaces outside of the home, including money
- before, during and after caring for a sick person
- before and after eating
- after touching or hugging someone from outside your household
- each time you return home, after being out.
Do not touch your face, eyes, nose or mouth unless you have washed hands or used sanitiser.
Catch coughs and sneezes in a tissue
Catch your cough or sneeze in a tissue, bin it and wash your hands. If you don't have a tissue, cough into your elbow and avoid touching your face.
Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces
Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces, especially toilet facilities. Assume all surfaces are potentially infectious unless you are certain they have just been disinfected.
Wear a mask or mouth and nose covering
From Monday 14 June, masks are mandatory when using public and private-hire transport for anyone over the age of 12 who are able to do so unless exempt. This includes inside the bus station, airport and harbour.
Masks are recommended when physical distancing is difficult outside your own home, such as when standing in queues and during any journey or ride sharing inside a private vehicle which includes people from different households.
A mask is not a substitute for strict physical distancing or good hand and respiratory hygiene.
Masks or nose and mouth coverings should not be used by children younger than 2 years or anyone who has trouble breathing or who would not be able to remove the mask themselves.
Where possible, you should maintain a physical distance of 2 metres (always a minimum of 1 metre) from anyone you don't live with.
It's important everyone is able to enjoy social interaction, but maintain physical distance to help limit the spread of coronavirus. Anyone can catch COVID-19 and anyone can spread it.
Call the helpline if you have one of the three main symptoms of COVID-19
If you have at least one of the main symptoms of COVID-19, stay or go home immediately and call the Helpline on freephone
0800 735 5566.
Guidance for those at higher risk
For guidance for those at higher risk regarding COVID-19 see Clinically extremely vulnerable or at risk from coronavirus
If you have at least one of the main symptoms of coronavirus, you and your household should isolate immediately and call the helpline on freephone 0800 735 5566.
For emergencies only, including difficulty breathing call 999.
There is support available to you through
'Connect Me' for ideas on how stay connected and active, as well as support with your mental and emotional wellbeing, family concerns or support that's needed for children and young people, or practical needs around having shopping delivered, or financial support.
To find out what support is available you can:
- visit the
Connect Me webpage
- phone the coronavirus helpline on freephone 0800 735 5566 and ask for 'Connect Me'
- call your Parish Hall and ask about 'Connect Me'