Making health and social care services work better, for everyone

New rules on staying at home and away from others (Correct as of 24/03/2020)

The single most important action we can all take, in fighting Coronavirus, is to stay at home in order to protect the NHS and save lives.

When we reduce our day-to-day contact with other people, we will reduce the spread of the infection. That is why the government is now (23 March 2020) introducing three new measures.

  1. Requiring people to stay at home, except for very limited purposes:
    • Shopping for basic necessities, as infrequently as possible and online if you can.
    • One form of exercise a day- for example a run walk or cycle either alone or with members of your household.
    • Any medical need, to provide care or help to a vulnerable person.
    • Travelling to and from work but only where this is absolutely necessary and cannot be done from home.
  2. Closing non-essential shops and community spaces
  3. Stopping all gatherings of more than two people in public. The relevant authorities, including the police, will be given the powers to enforce them – including through fines and dispersing gatherings.

Every citizen is instructed to comply with these new measures.

For more information, visit

You can also find guidance for extremely vulnerable groups here


Find further information on our Covid-19 Information and Advice Page