How you can help to stop coronavirus spreading

Everyone must stay at home to help stop the spread of coronavirus. This includes people of all ages – even if you do not have any symptoms or other health conditions.

You can only leave your home:

  • To shop for basic essentials – only when you really need to
  • To do one form of exercise a day – such as a run, walk or cycle, alone or with other people you live with
  • For any medical need – for example, to visit a pharmacy or deliver essential supplies to a vulnerable person
  • To travel to and from work – but only where this is absolutely necessary

Even when doing these activities, you should be minimising time spent outside your home and ensuring you are two metres apart from anyone outside of your household.

For details on the latest guidance, visit the Government’s website.

You may also want to visit the Government’s frequently asked questions page.

Other things you can do to stop the infection spreading

  • Avoid contact with someone who is displaying symptoms
  • Avoid non-essential use of public transport when possible
  • Work from home, where possible – your employer should support you to do this
  • Frequently clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are touched regularly
  • Wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • 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 afterwards
  • Stay two metres away from other people, if you need to go outside


Do not

  • Touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
  • Go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital


If you have symptoms of coronavirus

If you or someone in your household has new symptoms of the coronavirus infection however mild, the entire household must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days from when symptoms started. This will help slow the spread of infection and will help protect others while you are infectious.

 If you live alone and have new symptoms of coronavirus, however mild, you must stay at home for 7 days from when the symptoms started.


People who are at an increased risk

People who are at increased risk of severe illness from coronavirus need to be particularly stringent in following social distancing measures. Those who are at risk may have or will be contacted via letter, phone or both to discuss your situation and how you can be or continue to be supported by the city’s health and social care services.

This group includes people who are:

  • Aged 70 or older (regardless of medical conditions)
  • Under 70 with an underlying health condition (i.e. anyone instructed to get a flu jab as an adult each year on medical grounds). A full list of health conditions can be found by visiting
  • Pregnant