Patient and public advice

Coronavirus (COVID-19): what you need to do

Everyone must stay at home to help stop the spread of coronavirus. 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

Important! If you have to go outside to do essential tasks or exercise, stay at least 2 metres (3 steps) away from other people.

There is separate advice about:

Stay at home. Protect the NHS. Save lives.

Do not leave your home if you have coronavirus symptoms

Do not leave your home if you have either:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)

To protect others, do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Stay at home.

Use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do.

Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.

The most up-to-date public guidance is always online at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus-covid-19


Information in alternative languages and formats

Sign health has kindly produced some useful advice in BSL videos which can be found here.

Easy read information:
Social distancing – other languages
Stay at home – other languages

Last updated on 3 April 2020 at 14:22 by Senior communications and engagement officer N