What you can and can't do
The government has set out its plan to return life to as near normal as we can, but in a way that continues to protect our communities and our NHS.
Find out more about what you can and can't do including information about travel restrictions, who you're allowed to meet with and what shops and business can now open.
If you do go outside or meet with others, remember that it's still important to social distance.
If you think you might have coronavirus
- a high temperature
- a new, continuous cough
- loss or change in sense of smell or taste
What to do if you have these symptoms
Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. You should stay at home and self isolate.
Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.
You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you're staying at home. Read the NHS advice about staying at home.
Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:
- You feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
- Your condition gets worse
- Your symptoms do not get better after 7 days
How to self isolate if you or someone in your house has coronavirus
If you have symptoms of coronavirus you should stay home and self isolate for 10 days from when your symptoms start.
This means you should not leave your house, even to do shopping, to avoid spreading the virus.
If you live with someone with symptoms, you will need to stay at home for 14 days.
Full stay at home guidance is available on the Government website.
How to avoid catching or spreading germs
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 straight away.
Wash your hands with soap and water often – use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell.
Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.
Advice for people at high risk
The Government has updated guidance on shielding and protecting the clinically extremely vulnerable.
The introduction of new measures such as the rule of 6, Covid-secure workplaces and the use of face coverings has reduced the need to follow shielding advice, and is now based on the local Covid alert level in your area.
Getting tested for coronavirus (Covid-19)
Guidance on coronavirus testing, including who is eligible for a test, how to get tested and the different types of test available is available on the Government's website.
Information for children and young people
The Children's Commissioner has created a guide which aims to answer children’s questions about coronavirus, telling children how to stay safe and protect other people.
The Association for Young People's Health has created a Covid-19 information page aimed at young people, and those who care for them, on how to look after themselves and others and how to access more support.
NHS England has produced a list of common questions about coronavirus, covering advice for you and your family, how it's caught and spread, prevention, self-isolation, testing and treatment and foreign travel.
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