Coronavirus – what it means for you

Staying home

The government has said you must stay at home and avoid unnecessary contact with other people. They’ve said they’ll review this situation in early May 2020.

You could be told to return home by the police or be fined if you go out without a good reason. 

Good reasons for going out include:

  • getting money, for example from a cash machine, credit union or pawnbroker
  • shopping for basic things like food, medicine and pet supplies – you can also buy other things at the same time
  • taking a child to school
  • any medical need – but contact your GP, dentist or health service by phone first, if you can
  • caring for a vulnerable person – for example they need help to stay safe, wash or eat 
  • moving house – but you should try to delay this if possible

You can exercise daily – alone or with the people you live with. 

You or the person you care for can exercise more often if you need to because of your health condition or disability. For example, if you’re autistic and need to exercise in an open space 2 or 3 times a day.

You can also travel to and from work if it’s ‘not reasonably possible’ for you to work from home. This includes if you work as a volunteer or for a charity.

If you have children under 18

If you’re separated from their other parent, you can still see your children under your usual arrangements. Find out how to change child arrangements if you’re self-isolating.

You’ll also be responsible for making sure your children follow government guidance – this includes being told to return home by the police.