Guide to social distancing

This guidance is for everyone. It advises on social distancing measures we should all be taking to reduce social interaction between people in order to reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19). It is intended for use in situations where people are living at home, with or without additional support from friends, family and carers.

If people go within two metres of others who they don't live with, then they're helping to spread the virus - and the consequences of that costs lives and it means that, for everyone, this will go on for longer." Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health

If you can't stay in your home and you're getting exercise by walking locally, queuing for a supermarket or doing something else that is permitted within the below instructions keep at least 6 feet, (2 metres), away from the next person - which is about the same distance as you holding a broom with a straightened arm. By keeping this distance you reduce your risk of getting infected, and reduce your risk of infecting others. You can read any changes made to the legislation here.

At all times, you should continue to observe social distancing guidelines when you are outside your home, including ensuring you are 2 metres away from anyone outside your household. As with before, you cannot:

  • visit friends and family in their homes
  • exercise in an indoor sports court, gym or leisure centre, or go swimming in a public pool
  • use an outdoor gym or playground
  • visit a private or ticketed attraction
  • gather in a group of more than two (excluding members of your own household), except for a few specific exceptions set out in law (for work, funerals, house moves, supporting the vulnerable, in emergencies and to fulfil legal obligations)

There will be a limited number of things you can do from today that you couldn't do before:

  • spend time outdoors – for example sitting and enjoying the fresh air, picnicking, or sunbathing
  • meet one other person from a different household outdoors - following social distancing guidelines
  • exercise outdoors as often as you wish - following social distancing guidelines
  • use outdoor sports courts or facilities, such as a tennis or basketball court, or golf course – with members of your household, or one other person while staying 2 metres apart
  • go to a garden centre

From Wednesday 13th May you can also meet one other person from outside your household if you are outdoors. Public gatherings of more than 2 people from different households are prohibited in law. There are no limits on gatherings in the park with members of your household.

If you are showing coronavirus symptoms, or if you or any of your household are self-isolating, you should stay at home - this is critical to staying safe and saving lives.

This government guide provides the latest information about social distancing, with particular advice, including about self-isolation, for those who are at increased risk of severe illness - for example people over 70 years of age, those who are pregnant and those with certain underlying health conditions.

There is also specific guidance on social distancing for young people.

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Updated 26th May