Staying safe and well

We are being asked to stay at home. This is to help stop the coronavirus spreading and making more people unwell. It’s very important we do this to keep ourselves and others safe.

To help we have written some guides for you. Each webpage has an easy read slideshow and text.

Updated government coronavirus regulations – 22 August 2020

On Tuesday 22 August 2020 Boris Johnson announced more restrictions for people in England:

  • Restaurants, pubs, takeaways and cafes must close at 10pm.
  • People must wear a face covering when not sat down at restaurants, pubs and cafes unless exempt.
  • People must continue to only only meet in groups of 6 to socialise. This is for anybody you do not live with.
  • You must still keep 2 metres away from people you do not live with.

Other restrictions are still in place and local restrictions are also in place. Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have different restrcitions. Please read below for more information and resources.


More restrictions

From Friday 24 July people in England must wear a face covering in some places. On Saturday 8 August this was changed to apply to more places.

These include:

  • Cinemas, theatres, museums and libraries
  • Indoor entertainment venues, bingo halls and community centres
  • Shops, supermarkets and shopping centres
  • Train and bus stations
  • On public transport
  • In takeaways
  • In banks

For the full list of places some people need to wear a faces covering, visit the gov.uk website.

Some people do not need to wear a face covering. This includes people with learning disabilities and/or autism.

These exceptions are important for people who could feel distressed, or whose health or communication could be negatively affected, by wearing a face covering. However, anyone who can tolerate and manage a face covering should wear one.

From Monday 4 July people in England can go to more non-essential businesses.

These include:

  • Pubs, restaurants and cafes
  • Hair dressers
  • Libraries and community centres

For a full list of England businesses that are opening soon and open now, please visit the gov.uk website.

Some non-essential businesses are reopening in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Please click here for Sotland’s government advice.

Please click here for Wales’ government advice.

Please click here for Northern Ireland’s government advice.

In England

In England anyone using public transport must wear a face covering. There are some exceptions for people if they would find wearing a face covering very distressing or they have a disability or health condition which means they cannot manage wearing a face covering, this could include:

  • having a learning disability and/or autism
  • using lip reading
  • having breathing problems.

Wearing a face covering is important for your and other people’s health. These exceptions are important for people who could feel distressed, or whose health or communication could be negatively affected, by wearing a face covering. However, anyone who can tolerate and manage a face covering should wear one.

Support bubbles

From Monday 15 June anybody in England who lives alone or is a single parent can join with one other household in a ‘support bubble’, unless they are shielding.

This means that they can visit and stay with each other and do not need to socially distance from the people who live there. It doesn’t matter how many people live there.

But they must only have one other household in their support bubble and it cannot change.

In England you can:

  • Sit outside in a public place.
  • Go outside to exercise more than once a day.
  • Drive to places to exercise.

From Monday 1 June 2020 people in England who are shielding can:

  • Leave their home.
  • Spend time outside with people they live with.
    • Or if they live alone they can spend time outside with 1 person they do not live with, and they must stay 2 metres apart..
    • If they do this they should try to see the same person every time.
  • People who don’t live with each other must stay 2 metres apart at all times.

From Monday 1 June 2020 people in England who are not shielding can:

  • Meet in groups of up to 6 people.
  • Meet anywhere outdoors, including people’s gardens.
  • Use the toilet facilities of someone they are visiting in an emergency, and must take all precautions.
  • People who don’t live with each other must stay 2 metres apart at all times.

In Scotland

From Monday 1 June 2020 people in Scotland who are not shielding can:

      • Meet in groups of up to 8 people. This can include people who live in 2 different houses.
      • Meet anywhere outdoors, including people’s gardens. This must be within 5 miles of your home.
      • People who don’t live with each other must stay 2 metres apart at all times.

In Scotland face coverings are mandatory on public transport and in shops.

In Wales

In Wales it is recommended that anyone using public transport should wear a face covering.

From Monday 1 June 2020 people in Wales who are not shielding can:

      • Meet in groups of any number of people. This can include people who live in 2 different houses.
      • Meet anywhere outdoors, including people’s gardens. This must be within 5 miles of your home.
      • People who don’t live with each other must stay 2 metres apart at all times.

In Northern Ireland

From Monday 1 June 2020 people in Northern Ireland who are not shielding can:

    • Meet in groups of up to 6 people.
    • Meet anywhere outdoors, including people’s gardens.
    • People who don’t live with each other must stay 2 metres apart at all times.

It is still very important that you:

  • Do not go to other people’s homes.
  • Stay 2 metres apart from other people.
  • Stay home as much as possible.
  • Wash your hands regularly.
  • Self-isolate if you, or someone you live with, has symptoms.

This advice might change because the situation is changing.

For the latest government advice go to the gov.uk website.

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We hope our resources help you

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