Staying safe outside your home
Keep your distance from people you do not live with
The risk of infection is higher the closer you are to another person with the virus, and the amount of time you spend in close contact with them. The government recommends keeping two metres away from people as a precaution or one metre when you can reduce the risk by taking other precautions listed.
Other ways you can reduce spread of COVID-19
To reduce the spread of the virus, you should:
- Avoid being face-to-face with people from outside your household or support bubble. If possible, stay side-to-side as it reduces your chance of being exposed to respiratory droplets (released by talking or coughing).
- Keep indoor spaces well ventilated by opening windows and doors. Use extractor fans to keep air flow moving. If possible, move activity outdoors as the virus is less likely to transmit in an outdoor setting.
- Avoid crowded spaces such as public transport at peak travel times. Try to walk or cycle if possible.
- Avoid shouting or singing near people you do not live with
- Wash your clothes regularly
Face coverings can help to reduce the spread of COVID-19, but they do not replace social distancing. In England, you should wear a face covering in indoor settings anywhere that you may come into contact with people from outside your household. It is important to use face coverings properly and wash your hands before putting them on and taking them off.
Visiting people in care homes
If you have family or friends living in care homes, please liaise with the care home’s management to see whether it is safe to visit.
Advice for carers
If you are the carer of someone with confirmed COVID-19, Public Health England will contact and advise you as part of their contact tracing. If the person you care for has had a test for COVID-19 and is awaiting a result, follow the NHS advice for self-isolation.
Smokers may be more seriously affected by COVID-19 than non-smokers, so there's never been a better time to give up.
The following resources are available to help you quit smoking: