Stay at home
It is still very important that people stay at home unless necessary. You should only be leaving your house to go out for specific reasons set out in law.
The governments new stay alert, social distancing guidance includes a list of the reasons that you can leave your home. It also includes information on:
- protecting different groups of people
- staying at home
- businesses and venues
- visiting public places
- public gatherings
- going to work
- enforcing the law
- clinically vulnerable people
- communicating with the public
There's also new advice on staying safe outside your home.
We are advising people who are at increased risk of severe illness from coronavirus (COVID-19) to be particularly stringent in following social distancing measures.
This group includes:
- people aged 70 or older (regardless of medical conditions)
- people who are pregnant
- people aged under 70 with an underlying health condition
Going to work
The current advice is to work from home where possible. Your employer should support you to do this. Read the government's guidance for employees, employers and businesses.
Avoid non-essential use of public transport and try to vary your travel times to avoid rush hour, when possible
The government is encouraging those able to walk or cycle to work, to think about doing this more frequently.
It is now mandatory to wear a face covering on all forms of public transport.