Coronavirus: information and advice

Updated: 18 May 2020

We are monitoring developments relating to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) daily.

Stay alert

On 10 May the Prime Minister addressed the nation regarding coronavirus. FAQs about the changes to what you can and cannot do are available, which take effect from Wednesday 13 May.

We can all help control the spread of the virus:

  • Stay at home as much as possible
  • Work from home if you can
  • Limit contact with other people
  • Keep your distance if you go out (2 metres apart where possible)
  • Wash your hands regularly

Further guidance is available via GOV.UK on staying alert and safe (social distancing) and how to stay safe outside your home

If you visit enclosed spaces such shops, trains and buses you should consider wearing a face covering to help reduce the spread of the virus.  These can be made at home using scarves or other textiles.

Do not leave home if you or someone you live with has either:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

If you have symptoms visit: NHS Coronavirus (COVID-19), this also includes advice for those at higher risk, and coronavirus in children.

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    Protect yourself and others – wash your hands more often

    There are simple actions you can take to help stop viruses like coronavirus spreading including washing your hands for 20 seconds, using soap and water or hand sanitiser as shown in the NHS handwashing technique video.


    • wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available. This is particularly important after you get home or go into work, blow your nose, sneeze or cough, eat or handle food and after taking public transport
    • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
    • put used tissues in the bin immediately
    • try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell


    • do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean