Everyone must stay at home to help stop the spread of coronavirus.
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
If you have to go outside to do essential tasks or exercise, stay at least 2 metres (3 steps) away from other people.
There is separate advice about:
- staying at home if you're at high risk of getting seriously ill from coronavirus
- staying at home if you or someone you live with has symptoms of coronavirus
Guide for pdf vulnerable (55 KB) people
How to stop infection spreading
There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with coronavirus.
wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
wash your hands as soon as you get back home
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
do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
Looking after your health and wellbeing
To help yourself stay well while you're at home:
- stay in touch with family and friends over the phone or on social media
- try to keep yourself busy – you could try activities like cooking, reading, online learning and watching films
- do light exercise at home, or outside once a day
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- strength and flex exercises you can do at home
What to do if you need medical help
If you need medical help for any reason, do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
If you have symptoms of coronavirus (a high temperature or a new, continuous cough), use the 111 coronavirus service.
If you need help or advice not related to coronavirus:
- for health information and advice, use the NHS website or your GP surgery website
- for urgent medical help, use the NHS 111 online service – only call 111 if you're unable to get help online
- for life-threatening emergencies, call 999 for an ambulance
Read more advice about getting medical help at home.
Due to the increasing number of Coronavirus cases in the UK, the University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust (UHNM) has taken a range of measures to ensure that its hospitals, staff and patients remain safe. You can keep up to date with these ongoing updates via this link to their website.
Getting help when you need it during the coronavirus outbreak
If you're pregnant and worried about coronavirus, you can get advice about coronavirus and pregnancy from the Royal College of Obstretricians and Gynaecologists.
Coronavirus information in other formats
The following resources are available to support people with a learning disability and their families and carers:
- audio Audio (8.24 MB)
- British Sign Language:
We will share further resources as soon as they are available, including material for people with autism. Please head to our folder COVID-19 Resource folder for the full suite of documents available. Follow this link to access our YouTube video library for Coronavirus advice, including BSL.