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Protect yourself and others

We should still stay at home as much as possible to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

You can read updates on what you can and cannot do on the GOV.UK website.

Social distancing

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

The Government has published advice on staying safe outside your home.

More shops have now reopened - for advice on keeping your shopping trip safe for yourself and others, see our guidance for shoppers page.

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

Those who are clinically extremely vulnerable to coronavirus should follow 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.

Face coverings

Read advice about Face coverings: when to wear one and how to make your own on the GOV.UK website.

We are recommending that visitors to any of our Council buildings wear face coverings. You may be asked to remove your face covering to help with communication or for identification.

Make sure your face covering covers your mouth, nose and chin with no gaps at the side. Continue to keep your distance and wash your hands regularly. Please dispose of single use face coverings responsibly.

Washing hands

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.

Keeping yourself well

Coronavirus is affecting everyone’s life right now. Here are some ideas to help you stay as well as you can at this time and manage key areas of your daily life during the pandemic.

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