Stay at home advice

If you have to stay at home for 10 days

  • plan ahead and ask others for help to make sure you can stay at home successfully
  • ask your employer, friends and family to help you get the things you need to stay at home and stay at least 2 metres (about 3 steps) away from other people in your home whenever possible
  • sleep alone if you can
  • wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitiser regularly
  • stay away from the elderly and those with underlying health conditions as much as possible
  • consider whether older people and those with underlying health conditions can stay in another house for the 10 days you need to stay at home.

What we mean by staying at home or self-isolating

If you have to stay at home for 10 days you shouldn’t go to work, school or public areas.

Avoid close contact with others by:

  • Avoiding having visitors
  • Not using taxis or public transport
  • Asking a friend or neighbour to get your shopping or arranging for a delivery to be left at your door
  • Not sharing towels, clothes, razors or toothbrushes
  • Avoid kissing and having sex.

If you live with someone who has to stay at home

Household members of people with symptoms of COVID19 must stay at home for 14 days, even if they do not develop symptoms. If others in the household become symptomatic they must stay at home for 10 days from the start of their symptoms, even if this takes them over the 14 day isolation period.

Wash your hands regularly

Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds regularly and tell others in your household to do the same. You can also use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser if your hands aren’t visibly dirty. Dry your hands using a separate towel from other people. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

Further information on COVID-19, including stay at home advice can be found on NHS Inform.