Source: Cabinet Office
1. Keep your distance from people outside your household
- You are unlikely to be infected if you walk past another person on the street.
- Public Health England recommends trying to keep 2 metres away from people as a precaution. This is not a rule, however.
2. Keep your hands and face as clean as possible
- Wash your hands often using soap and water, and dry them thoroughly.
- Where available, use sanitiser outside your home, especially as you enter a building and after you have had contact with surfaces.
- Avoid touching your face.
3. Work from home if you can
- Your employer should support you to find reasonable adjustments to do this.
- However, not all jobs can be done from home. If your workplace is open and you cannot work from home, you can travel to work.
4. Avoid being face-to-face with people if they are outside your household
- You can lower the risk of infection if you stay side-to-side rather than facing someone.
5. Reduce the number of people you spend time with in a work setting
You can lower the risks of transmission in the workplace by reducing the number of people you come into contact with regularly, where you can. Your employer can support with this (where practical) by:
- changing shift patterns and rotas to match you with the same team each time
- splitting people into smaller, contained teams
6. Avoid crowds
- Avoid peak travel times on public transport, where possible.
Businesses should also take reasonable steps to avoid people being gathered together. For example, by allowing the use of more entrances and exits, and staggering entrance and exit, where possible.
7. If you have to travel (for example, to work or school), think about how and when you travel
- You should walk or cycle wherever possible.
- If you have to use public transport, you should try to avoid peak times.
8. Wash your clothes regularly
There is some evidence that the virus can stay on fabrics for a few days, although usually it is shorter. Therefore, if you are working with people outside your household, wash your clothes regularly.
9. Keep indoor places well ventilated
Evidence suggests that the virus is less likely to be passed on in well-ventilated buildings and outdoors.
In good weather, try to leave windows and doors open in areas where people from different households come into contact, or move activity outdoors if you can.
Use external extractor fans to keep spaces well ventilated and make sure that ventilation systems are set to maximise the air flow rate.
Heating and cooling systems can be used at their normal temperature settings.
10. Face coverings
If you can, wear a face covering when in an enclosed space where social distancing isn’t possible, or when you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet. This is most relevant for short periods indoors in crowded areas, for example, on public transport or in some shops.
Face coverings do not replace social distancing.
If you have symptoms of COVID-19 (cough and/or high temperature), you and your household must isolate at home: wearing a face covering does not change this.
You can make face-coverings at home. The key thing is it should cover the mouth and nose.
11. When at work, follow the advice given to you by your employer
- Employers have a duty to assess and manage risks to your safety in the workplace.