Latest advice on coronavirus
Updated 25 March 2020:
Stay at home to save lives
The Prime Minister has announced strict new curbs on life in the UK.
From 23 March people must stay at home except for:
- Shopping for basic necessities
- Daily exercise
- Any medical need
- Travelling to and from essential work.
Shops selling non-essential goods are being told to shut and gatherings in public of more than two people who do not live together are prohibited.
The Prime Minister has said that the police will have powers to enforce these rules including through fines and dispersing gatherings.
Everyone must stay at home to help stop the spread of coronavirus.
You can only leave the house for one of the following reasons:
- 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 absolutely cannot be done from home.
- These four reasons are exceptions – even when doing these activities, you should be minimising time spent outside of the home and ensuring you are two metres apart from anyone outside of your household.
Who's at high risk from coronavirus?
Coronavirus can make anyone seriously ill, but there are some people who are at a higher risk.
For example, you may be at high risk from coronavirus if you:
- have had an organ transplant
- are having certain types of cancer treatment
- have blood or bone marrow cancer, such as leukaemia
- have a severe lung condition, such as cystic fibrosis or severe asthma
- have a condition that makes you much more likely to get infections
- are taking medicine that weakens your immune system
- are pregnant and have a serious heart condition
If you're at high risk, you will be contacted by the NHS by Sunday 29 March 2020. Do not contact your GP or healthcare team at this stage – wait to be contacted.
How to protect yourself if you're at high risk:
If you're at high risk of getting seriously ill from coronavirus, there are extra things you should do to avoid catching it. These include:
- not leaving your home – you should not go out to do shopping, pick up medicine or exercise
- stay at least two metres (three steps) away from other people in your home – as much as possible
Ask friends, family or neighbours to pick up shopping and medicines for you. They should leave them outside your door.
- If you need help getting deliveries of essential supplies like food, you can register to get coronavirus support. The council will be helping to coordinate support for residents who are extremely vulnerable. More information will be available in coming days about local support.
If you are at high risk, you should take these extra steps for the next 12 weeks.
Do not leave your home if you have coronavirus symptoms
Do not leave your home if you have either:
- a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
- a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
To protect others, do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Stay at home.
Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do.
Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.
Read the NHS advice on self-isolation if you or anyone you live with has symptoms.
Cleaning and disposal of waste
When cleaning you should use your usual household products, like detergents and bleach, as these will be very effective at getting rid of the virus on surfaces. Clean frequently touched surfaces such as:
- door handles,
- remote controls and
- table tops.
This is particularly important if you have an older or vulnerable person in the house.
If you have symptoms of coronavirus, personal waste (such as used tissues) and disposable cleaning cloths can be stored securely within disposable rubbish bags. These bags should be placed into another bag, tied securely and kept separate from other waste. This should be put aside for at least 72 hours before being put in your usual external household waste bin. Other household waste can be disposed of as normal.
See further advice from Public Health England