How to reduce your risk

Reducing your risk – social distancing, hand washing and face coverings

To stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), you should avoid close contact with anyone you do not live with. This is called social distancing.

  • If you live alone or you’re a single parent who lives alone with your children, you can meet with one other household without social distancing. This is called a support bubble. Find out more about meeting people from outside your household on GOV.UK.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water often, for at least 20 seconds. Use a sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands. The short film below shows why this is so important.

Please download our social media plan and help share our messages about the importance of handwashing.

We want to keep everyone safe and would welcome you sharing our messages with your family and friends.

Download our social media plan

Face coverings

In England, you must wear a face covering by law in most indoor settings, including, but not limited to

  • when visiting your GP practice or a hospital
  • public transport, taxis and transport hubs
  • bars, restaurants, cafes and takeaways, unless you’re seated to eat or drink
  • shops, supermarkets and shopping centres
  • banks, building societies, and post offices
  • premises providing personal care and beauty treatments
  • visitor attractions
  • places of worship
  • community centres

You do not need to wear a face covering if you have a legitimate reason not to.

Get the latest advice about face coverings

What to do if you’re shielding

For the latest advice for patients who may be at higher risk of severe complications from coronavirus, please visit the website.