Coronavirus – Government advice

Stay at home. Protect the NHS. Save Lives.

The most important thing we can all do in the fight against coronavirus is to stay at home. Staying home helps protect the NHS and saves lives.

When we reduce our day-to-day contact with other people, we will reduce the spread of the infection.

That is why the government has introduced new rules requiring people to stay at home, except for very limited purposes.

You should only leave your home for one of four reasons:

  • Shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible.
  • One form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household.
  • Any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person.
  • Travelling to and from work, but only where this absolutely cannot be done from home.

These four reasons are exceptions – even when doing these activities, you should be minimising time spent outside of the home and making sure you are two metres apart from anyone outside of your household.

Get the latest government information and guidance about coronavirus from GOV.UK