Protecting yourself and others from COVID-19
Hand washing and hygiene measures
To help stop the spread of COVID-19, you should:
- wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser if soap and water are not available
- use disposable tissues to cover your nose and mouth when sneezing, coughing or blowing your nose and then dispose of the tissue in a bin
- avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
- clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in your home.
One in three people with COVID-19 don't show symptoms. Getting a rapid test will help prevent COVID-19 outbreaks and help us all to get back to a more normal way of life.
Regular testing is important even if you don’t have symptoms or if you’ve already had the vaccination.
If you are using public transport, you should follow the safer travel guidance for passengers and must wear a face covering. Read the safer travel guidance for passengers on the Government's website.
You must also wear a face covering when:
- moving through transport hubs, including railway stations, bus stations and airports
- visiting shops and businesses, including supermarkets, shopping centres, banks, building societies and post offices
- visiting other indoor locations, such as museums, galleries, cinemas and places of worship.
Social distancing guidelines
All shops and businesses must follow the Government’s COVID-19 secure guidelines for working safely. In many cases, this will involve making changes to how they normally operate so that customers can maintain social distancing. Find out how to the Government's COVID-19 secure guidelines for working safely.