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Protect Norfolk - stop the spread of coronavirus

Social distancing guidance

The Government has asked that people stay at home as much as possible to help stop the spread of coronavirus. You may only leave your home:

  • for work, where you cannot work from home
  • to go to shops that are permitted to be open – to get things like food and medicine, and to collect goods ordered online or on the phone
  • to exercise or spend time outdoors for recreation
  • for any medical need, to donate blood, avoid injury or illness, escape risk of harm, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person

Frequently asked questions on what you can and can't do will give you more detail on the activities allowed in England.

Stay at home guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection gives you the main government messages, whether you live alone or with other people.

When you do leave your home, you must observe the two-metre social distancing rule where possible.

Those who are clinically extremely vulnerable to coronavirus should continue to shield themselves by following the government guidance on shielding and protecting people who are most at risk.

Opening Doors has helpful information about social distancing for people with learning difficulties. ASERT has published a visual guide about social distancing for individuals with autism.

Washing hands

To reduce the risk of being infected by or spreading coronavirus, you should wash your hands frequently. The advice is:

  • wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds each time
  • if soap and water are not available, use hand sanitiser gel
  • wash your hands as soon as you get home
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands straight away

Do not:

  • Touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

Get more information about stopping infection spreading from the NHS.

Public Health England have made a factsheet for children available. It's designed to help children understand the importance of hand washing and how to stop the spread of coronavirus.

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