Social Distancing and Protecting Older People and Vulnerable People

Because of the increasing threat of coronavirus (COVID-19), the Government have implemented a set of guidelines to help keep everyone safe and healthy.

The Government is advising those who are at increased risk of severe illness from coronavirus (COVID-19) to be particularly stringent in following social distancing measures.

Social distancing measures are steps you can take to reduce social interaction between people to help reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19).

This guidance applies to everyone in the UK, including children.

The measures are:

  1. Avoid contact with someone who is displaying symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19). These symptoms include high temperature and/or new continuous cough
  2. Avoid non-essential use of public transport when possible
  3. Work from home, where possible. Your employer should support you to do this. Please refer to employer guidance for more information
  4. Avoid large and small gatherings in public spaces, noting that pubs, restaurants, leisure centres and similar venues are currently shut as infections spread easily in closed spaces where people gather together
  5. Avoid gatherings with friends and family. Keep in touch using remote technology such as phone, internet and social media
  6. Use telephone or online services to contact your GP or other essential services.

Everyone should be trying to follow these measures as much as is practicable.

You should follow these guidelines particularly stringently if you:

  • are over 70
  • have an underlying health condition
  • are pregnant.

The Government have created some easy to follow guides on ‘Staying at home’ and ‘Keeping away from other people’. You can download these here.

This advice is likely to be in place for some weeks.