Preventing coronavirus

Advice on preventing coronavirus.

Help to stop Coronavirus spreading

To protect yourself and others, when you leave home you must:

  • wash hands - keep washing your hands regularly
  • cover face - wear a face covering over your nose and mouth in enclosed spaces
  • make space - stay at least a metre away from people not in your household

If you are feeling unwell, get a test and do not leave home for at least 14 days.

For more information, the government have published frequently asked questions outlining what you can and can't do.


  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • wash your hands as soon as you get home
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards if you can
  • wear something that covers your nose and mouth when it's hard to stay away from people, such as on public transport and in shops – see staying safe outside your home on GOV.UK


  • do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

Public Health England has also created an easy-read guide to self-care during this time available to download in the downloads section

To choose a different language please use the Translate link  Image of translate button at top of website at the top of this website. We have also created a webpage with easy read and other language guides including British Sign Language (BSL) resources all about Coronavirus.

Social distancing

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

From Monday 14 September, you must not meet with people from other households socially in groups of more than 6. This will apply indoors and outdoors, including in private homes. There will be a limited number of exemptions. COVID-19 Secure venues, such as places of worship, restaurants and hospitality venues, can still host larger numbers in total but groups of up to 6 must not mix or form larger groups. This rule will not apply to individual households or support bubbles of more than 6 who will still be able to gather together. Education and work settings are unaffected, and organised team sports will still be able to proceed, as will weddings and funerals up to 30. From Monday, this limit will be enforceable in law. See refreshed guidance on social contact, including the exceptions to the 6 person limit

From the 4th July the Government set out where it is not possible to stay two metres apart, guidance which will allow people to keep a social distance of ‘one metre plus’. This means staying one metre apart, plus mitigations (such as the use of face coverings, increased hygiene or layout changes in premise) which reduce the risk of transmission. 

For those who are over 70, have an underlying health condition or are pregnant the Government is advising you to take social distancing measures as much as you can, and to minimise contact with others outside your household. You might also be interested in the information produced by Doncaster CCG on Shielding and Support.

Please refer to the latest updated guidance from Public Health England.

social distancinG Guidance 

Face coverings

New government advice has been issued on when and where people should wear face coverings.

Members of the public should wear face coverings in certain circumstances, such as enclosed spaces where social distancing may not always be possible. Face coverings are required while using public transport in England and are mandatory in shops and supermarkets and in our One Stop Shop indoor venues such as museums, galleries, libraries, cinemas and places of worship.

While face coverings do not protect you from contracting coronavirus, it is aimed at protecting people you come into contact with if you are asymptomatic.

Those exempt from wearing face coverings include young children under the age of 11 or those who may have problems breathing while wearing a face covering. More details can be found on the Government Website.

A face covering is made of cloth or other textiles and covers the nose and mouth. You should be able to breathe comfortably through a face covering. You can use also a simple scarf or bandana that ties behind your head or make your own ‘no-sew’ face coverings using the advice available online at


Top tips for wearing a face covering

  • Avoid touching the front of it.
  • Cover your nose and mouth fully
  • Change the face covering if it gets damp or you've touched the front of it
  • Don't share your face covering with anyone else
  • Wash it regularly

Hand washing 


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Last updated: 10 September 2020 12:07:18