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The Government has asked everyone in the UK to stay at home. This means people who are not at very high risk should only leave the house for limited purposes.
Shopping for basic necessities, for example, food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible and online delivery used wherever available.
One form of exercise a day, for example, a run, walk, or cycle - alone or with members of your household. You should stay local and use open spaces near to your home where possible – do not travel unnecessarily.
Any medical need, including to donate blood, avoid or escape the risk of injury or harm, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person.
Traveling to and from work, but only where this absolutely cannot be done from home.
You should not otherwise leave your home
The Government has made clear that these four reasons are exceptions and you should not otherwise leave your home. For these activities, you should continue to observe the advice to remain at least 2 metres apart from others (excluding members of your own household) and minimise time outside. The Government has also closed all non-essential shops and community spaces. Unless you are with members of your household, gatherings of more than two people in parks and other public spaces have been banned.
Everyone must comply
Everyone in the UK must comply with these new measures. The relevant authorities, including the police, have been given powers to enforce them – including through fines and dispersing gatherings.
Those at 'high risk'
The Government has also issued guidance for a smaller number of people who are at very high risk. They have been advised to self-isolate at home, also known as ‘shielding’, for at least 12 weeks. This means avoiding all face-to-face social contact, remaining in your home at all times and only allowing essential visitors, such as NHS staff or carers (including family carers) to enter your home. If you need to have something delivered or if family and friends are bringing shopping or other essentials, it must be left at the doorstep.
Protecting those at greatest risk
These measures are intended to protect people who are at the greatest risk of severe symptoms and having to go to the hospital if they catch coronavirus. NHS England will write to you directly if this advice applies to you with specific guidance for you and the people you live with. In the meantime, if you are unsure you can check the Government guidance and see below for more information.
You need to self-isolate and not leave the house if or anyone you live with has symptoms of coronavirus.
There's more information on the symptoms of coronavirus below. You might like to read about staying safe and well at home too.