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

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