Guide to social distancing

Keep your distance

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 should only leave the house for very limited purposes, for example:

  • for basic necessities, such as food and medicine. Trips must be as infrequent as possible
  • daily exercise, for example a run, walk, or cycle - alone or with members of your household
  • to ensure basic animal welfare needs are met, including taking dogs out when necessary
  • any medical need, including to donate blood, avoid or escape risk of injury or harm, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person
  • travelling for work purposes, but only where you cannot work from home

These reasons are exceptions - even when doing these activities, you should be minimising time spent outside of the home and ensuring you are 2 metres apart from anyone outside of your household.

These measures must be followed by everyone.

This government guide provides the latest information about social distancing. Further advice for individuals with a high clinical risk who need to be shielded can be found here.

Updates on Social Distancing Measures:

16 April 2020 - The current advice from SAGE is that relaxing any of the measures currently in place would risk damage to both public health and the economy. Based on this advice, the Government announced on Wednesday 16 April that the current measures must remain in place for at least the next 3 weeks.