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COVID-19 Current UK Guidance

Updated: Apr 2, 2020

Everyone must stay at home to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

Coronavirus Covid-19 Guidance

You should only leave the house for 1 of 4 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

IMPORTANT - These 4 reasons are exceptions – even when doing these activities, you should be minimising time spent outside of the home and ensuring you are 2 metres apart from anyone outside of your household.

What to do if you need medical help

If you need medical help for any reason, do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

If you have symptoms of coronavirus (a high temperature or a new, continuous cough), use the 111 coronavirus service.

If you need help or advice not related to coronavirus:

  • for health information and advice, use the NHS website or your GP surgery website

  • for urgent medical help, use the NHS 111 online service – only call 111 if you're unable to get help online

  • for life-threatening emergencies, call 999 for an ambulance

Stay at home if you have either:

  • A high temperature (fever) - you feel hot to touch on your chest or back

  • new, continuous cough - this means you have started coughing repeatedly

How long should I stay at home?

  • If you have symptoms you should stay at home for 7 days

  • If you live with other people, they should stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person got symptoms

If you live with someone who is:

  • 70 years old or over

  • has a long-term health condition

  • is pregnant