Coronavirus (Covid-19): information and advice

(updated 27 March 2020)

Reducing the transmission

Stay at home to save lives and protect the NHS. You can spread the virus even if you don’t have symptoms.

You should only leave your home for one of four reasons:

  • Shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible
  • One form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household
  • Any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person
  • Travelling to and from work, but only where this absolutely cannot be done from home. Employers should support their staff to work from home unless it’s absolutely necessary

Even when doing these activities, you should be minimising time spent outside of the home and stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people who are not part of your household.

Please stop all non-essential use of public transport and respect the ban on public gatherings of more than two people.

Do not meet friends or family members who do not live with you and wash your hands as soon as you get home.

People at increased risk of severe illness should be particularly stringent in following the advice

Read PHE’s guidance here

The UK Government is regularly updating its latest information and advice webpage on the website. Specific guidance for employers and businesses is available here.

PHE has published guidance for employers and businesses (updated 26 march 2020), which can be viewed here.

Employers want to keep their staff informed about the Covid-19 pandemic. There is lots of information and misinformation out there, so please ensure that any advice or guidance you are sharing only comes from a reputable source, such as the website.

Travel advice

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) is providing up to date advice on travel through the Travel Advice page of the website.

Sharing the message

An NHS video on the best way to wash your hands here. Please watch and share and keep sharing.

Xenia Koumi

Xenia is a Public Health Specialist at the City of London Corporation and leads the Business Healthy programme