Advice on preventing coronavirus.
Everyone must stay at home to help stop the spread of Coronavirus.
This includes people of all ages – even if you do not have any symptoms or other health conditions.
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
Even when doing these activities, you should be minimising time spent outside of the home and ensuring you are 2 metres apart from anyone outside of your household and continue to follow the guidance on this page.
- wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
- always wash your hands when you get home or into work
- use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
- 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
- avoid close contact with people who have symptoms of coronavirus
- only travel on public transport if you need to
- work from home, if you can
- avoid social activities, such as going to pubs, restaurants, theatres and cinemas
- avoid events with large groups of people
- use phone, online services, or apps to contact your GP surgery or other NHS services
- do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
- do not have visitors to your home, including friends and family
Public Health England has also created an easy-read guide to self-care during this time available to download in the downloads section
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).
If you see people or businesses not following the government rules you can report them to South Yorkshire Police using their online form:
For those who are over 70, have an underlying health condition or are pregnant the Government is strongly advising you to take social distancing measures as much as you can, and to significantly limit your face-to-face interaction with friends and family if possible.
This advice is likely to be in place for some weeks.
Please refer to the latest updated guidance from Public Health England.
Public Health England have issued a Blog about the five things you can do to protect yourself and your community
Return to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) homepage
- Coronavirus 'easy-read' self care guide
- Download (1.36MB - PDF)