Staying alert and safe – new government guidance on social distancing – published 11th May

Following the Prime Minister’s statement on 10th May the following new government guidance on social distancing has been published:

The plan states:

  • People and employers should stay safe in public spaces and workplaces by following “COVID-19 secure” guidelines. This should enable more people to go back to work, where they cannot work from home, and encourage more vulnerable children and the children of critical workers to go to school or childcare as already permitted
  • You should stay safe when you leave home: washing your hands regularly, maintaining social distancing, and ensuring you do not gather in groups of more than two, except with members of your household or for other specific exceptions set out in law
  • You must continue to stay home except for a limited set of reasons but – in line with scientific advice – can take part in more outdoor activities from Wednesday 13 May

The following links provide more detail on various aspects of the new social distancing guidance:

1.Protecting different groups of people

2.Staying at home

3.Businesses and venues

4.Visiting public places

5.Public gatherings

6.Going to work

7.Enforcing the law

8.Clinically vulnerable people

9.Communicating with the public





This guidance is for everyone. It advises on social distancing measures we should all be taking to reduce social interaction between people in order to reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19). It is intended for use in situations where people are living in their own homes, with or without additional support from friends, family and carers.

The government are advising those who are at increased risk of severe illness from coronavirus (COVID-19) to be particularly stringent in following social distancing measures.

This group includes those who are:

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