Social distancing and self isolation

Staying alert and safe, social distancing

New coronavirus guidance

In light of rising rates in Greater Manchester, the government announced new restrictions on gatherings from midnight on Thursday 30 July. Households in Greater Manchester, including Stockport must not invite others to their homes or meet anyone from another household in their home or garden. Find guidance about what you can and cannot do on GOV.UK.

The government has set out guidance for how everyone’s actions can reduce the spread of coronavirus in our communities. The guidance explains how the measures, including social distancing and hand washing can help you to stay safe. For more information about staying alert and safe visit GOV.UK.

The government has also set out a plan for the response to the next phase of the coronavirus.

Mencap have created an easy read guide to coronavirus which can be downloaded from their website.


If you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus, however mild, stay at home for 10 days from when your symptoms started.

If you live with others and you're the first in the household to have symptoms of coronavirus, then you must stay at home for 10 days, but all other household members who remain well must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days.

The 14-day period starts from the day the first person in your house became ill.

You and all household members should stay at home.

Do not go to:

  • work
  • school
  • public areas
  • and do not use public transport or taxis

If possible, you should not go out even to buy food or other essentials. Ask friends or relatives if you need help to:

  • buy groceries or other shopping
  • pick up medication
  • walk a dog