Social distancing and self isolation

Staying alert and safe, social distancing

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.


From Monday 14 December, the government has changed the guidance around self-isolation. If you or your household have symptoms of coronavirus, however mild, you must now stay at home for 10 days from when your symptoms started or from when you take the test if asymptomatic.

If you live with others and you're the first in the household to have symptoms of coronavirus, then everyone must at home and not leave the house for 10 days.

The 10 day period starts from the day the first person in your house became ill.

People who return from countries which are not on the travel corridor list should also self-isolate for 10 days.

People who test positive should continue to self-isolate for 10 days from onset of symptoms or 10 days from point of taking a positive test if asymptomatic. You and all household members should stay at home.

Do not:

  • go to work
  • go to school
  • go to public areas
  • use public transport or taxis

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

If you're self-isolating and do not have a network of family and friends, you can visit our coronavirus helpline web page for support.