Staying alert and safe (social distancing)

On 11 May, the UK government set out its plan to return life to as near normal as we can, for as many people as we can, as quickly and fairly as possible in order to safeguard livelihoods, but in a way that is safe and continues to protect our NHS.

As the UK moves to the next phase in our fight against Coronavirus, the government guidance is to stay alert, control the virus, and in doing so, save lives

This guidance applies in England – people in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland should follow the specific rules in those parts of the UK.

As part of this plan:

  • People and employers should stay safe in public spaces and workplaces by following the government's "Working safely during Coronavirus" guidelines. This should enable more people to go back to work, where they cannot work from home, and encourage more vulnerable children and the children of critical workers to go to school or childcare as already permitted.

  • You should stay alert when you leave home: washing your hands regularly, maintaining social distancing, and ensuring you do not gather in groups of more than two, except with members of your household or for other specific exceptions set out in law.

  • You must continue to stay home except for a limited set of reasons but - in line with scientific advice - can take part in more outdoor activities.

Do not leave home if you or someone you live with has either:

  • a high temperature

  • a new, continuous cough

Check the NHS website if you have symptoms

Guidance for households with possible Coronavirus infection

The most common symptoms of Coronavirus are recent onset of:

  • new continuous cough and/or

  • high temperature

  • View the stay at home guidance if you, or someone in your household is possibly infected with Coronavirus.


The UK government’s online service for booking a Coronavirus test is now live, and you can apply for testing here.