Your guide to coronavirus (COVID-19)


Help save lives by staying at home

Act now to stop the spread of coronavirus

  • Stay at home – Do not socialise with people you don’t live with
  • Work from home if you can
  • Avoid travel unless essential

Only leave home for food, medical reasons, exercise, education or to care for a vulnerable person.

Public health experts believe COVID-19 is being passed on through ‘community transmission’ meaning people are transferring the virus to family and friends through day to day contact.

The number of cases is rising among older people in particular which sadly will lead to more deaths unless we take action now to save lives.

Protect the people you love by:

  • Washing your hands regularly. If you leave your home, wash your hands as soon as you get back.
  • Covering you face. Remember to wear a face covering if you leave your home.
  • Making space. Stay 2 metres (3 steps) away from anyone you don't live with, including friends and family.

If you have any symptoms:

  • New continuous cough
  • High temperature
  • Or loss of or change to your sense of taste or smell

Stay at home…

If you have coronavirus symptoms, you must stay at home and self-isolate for 10 days from when your symptoms started. You must also book a coronavirus test straight away by calling 020 8937 4440.

Everyone you live with, and anyone you have been in close contact with, must stay at home for 14 days.

Self-isolation means not leaving your home for any reason – even for exercise, food shopping or collecting medication. You risk being fined by the police if you break the rules.

Support available

If you need to stay at home and cannot work, you could be entitled to a £500 support payment. There are also a number of Mutual Aid groups that can help provide practical support such as delivering food, medicine and other supplies.

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