Social distancing

Reducing the social interaction between people will help reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Everyone should be trying to follow these measures as much as is practicable.

The measures everybody should take are:

  1. Avoid contact with someone who is displaying symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19). These symptoms include high temperature and/or new and continuous cough
  2. Avoid non-essential use of public transport, varying your travel times to avoid rush hour, when possible
  3. Work from home, where possible. Your employer should support you to do this. Please refer to employer guidance for more information
  4. Avoid large gatherings, and gatherings in smaller public spaces such as pubs, cinemas, restaurants, theatres, bars, clubs
  5. Avoid gatherings with friends and family. Keep in touch using remote technology such as phone, internet, and social media
  6. When in public places keep at least two metres from people who are not members of your household.
  7. Use telephone or online services to contact your GP or other essential services

Everybody is strongly advised to follow the above measures as much as you can and to significantly limit your face-to-face interaction with friends and family if possible, but particularly particularly if you:

  • are over 70
  • have an underlying health condition
  • are pregnant

This advice is likely to be in place for some weeks.

Public Health England

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