By ensuring we all stay safe, we can help to control the spread of coronavirus. To achieve this it is important that we follow and stay updated on government guidelines and any local restrictions: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/staying-alert-and-safe-social-distancing/staying-alert-and-safe-social-distancing-after-4-july
There are basic things we can all do to ensure we stay safe:
- Ensure you maintain good hand hygiene, which includes washing your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds and using hand sanitiser when unable to use soap.
- Maintain a safe distance from people outside your household and support bubble. Ideally this should be at least two metres, however, when this is not possible and individuals are just one metre apart, wearing face coverings and increasing ventilation of the premises will help maintain your safety.
- Face coverings should be worn in areas where social distancing cannot be adhered to, including shops, museums and public transport. It is paramount that these face coverings are worn correctly, covering both the nose and mouth.
- When meeting friends and family outside of your household, for your safety the group cannot consist of more that 6 individuals, and social distancing should be adhered to. Ideally these individuals should meet in an outdoor environment if possible. However some exceptions do apply to this rule of 6 individuals, please see: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-meeting-with-others-safely-social-distancing/coronavirus-covid-19-meeting-with-others-safely-social-distancing
- Individuals who are clinically vulnerable have an increased risk of becoming severely ill if they catch coronavirus. Therefore, they should be particularly aware, keep their social interactions low, and ensure increased hand washing and use of face coverings.
- When sneezing or coughing, always ensure you cover your nose and mouth with a tissue.
- If an individual has symptoms, it is vital that they and their household (and support bubble) isolate immediately and arrange for a COVID-19 test. It is important to remember that testing and treatment for coronavirus is free of charge to all individuals in England, regardless of their immigration status. Immigration checks will not be necessary if the individual is only receiving testing and treatment for coronavirus.
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