NHS guidance

1. NHS guidance

Guidance for businesses and workers

On 23 March the government stepped up measures to prevent the spread of Coronavirus.

The government has published a list of businesses that must now close. A full list of those is here.

The government has also released a list of key workers who can continue to send their children to school. Government guidance on these categories can be found here.

Employers who have people in their offices or onsite should ensure that employees are able to follow Public Health England guidelines including, where possible, maintaining a 2 metre distance from others, and washing their hands with soap and water often, for at least 20 seconds (or using hand sanitiser gel if soap and water is not available).

Stay at home

Those who are able, should work from home wherever possible. The NHS has released guidance on how to avoid catching or spreading the virus.

Key points include:

  • Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (where this absolutely cannot be done from home)
  • Stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people
  • Wash your hands as soon as you get home

You can spread the virus even if you don’t have symptoms.

Households with confirmed or possible Coronavirus infection.

The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:

  • new continuous cough and/or
  • high temperature
  • View the stay at home guidance if you, or someone in your household is possibly infected with coronavirus (COVID-19).

2. Social distancing – stay at home, protect the NHS, save lives

The most effective way to prevent the spread of Covid-19 is to stay at home and away from others by social distancing. Review the official guidance from UK government.

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