COVID-19 (Coronavirus) - staying healthy and connected

Latest advice on preventing COVID-19

The government has asked everyone to follow the latest guidance in the next phase of the UK’s response to coronavirus. This means:

  • Keep your distance from people outside your household

  • Keep your hands and face as clean as possible.

  • Work from home if you can

  • Avoid being face to face with people if they are outside your household. 

  • Reduce the number of people you spend time with in a work setting where you can

  • Avoid crowds. 

  • If you have to travel (to work or school, for example) think about how and when you travel

  • Wash your clothes regularly

  • Keep indoor places well ventilated. 

  • If you can, wear a face covering in an enclosed space where social distancing isn’t possible and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet. This is most relevant for short periods indoors in crowded areas, for example on public transport or in some shops. 

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

Handwashing is crucial: Wash your hands more often than usual, for 20 seconds each time with soap and water or hand sanitiser. Please regularly check the NHS website for the latest health advice, online help and guidance.

In the following pages you can find some helpful advice and ideas on how to keep you and your family healthy and connected during these unprecedented times.


Guidance for vulnerable groups

Clinically Extremely Vulnerable People (will have received communication from NHS): 

  • Continue to follow shielding guidance by staying at home at all times and avoiding all non essential face-to-face contact. 

Clinically Vulnerable People (aged 70 or older; people with liver disease; diabetes; pregnant women; and others): 

  • Continue to stay at home as much as possible. If you do go out, take particular care to minimise contact with others outside your household.

Vulnerable People (non-clinical, eg. children at risk of violence or with special educational needs; victims of domestic abuse; rough sleepers; and others):

  • People in this group will need to follow general guidance except where they are also clinically vulnerable or clinically extremely vulnerable where they should follow guidance as set out above. 

For more detail about guidance for vulnerable groups, see latest Government guidance.

Support for vulnerable groups with delivering food and medication is available through Kingston Stronger Together Hub.