What do you do when the Government's Covid-19 guidance confuses you?

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guide to confusing advice

Let's break it down 

You won't be alone if the rules sometimes leave you feeling lost. It can be tough to make decisions that keep you feeling safe and let you do the things you need to. In this post, we break down some of the essentials. 

Key steps to staying safe

In whatever situation you find yourself in, there are a few key steps to always take:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, for 2 minutes at a time
  • Wear a face covering over your moth and nose in public spaces - make sure you wash it if you're wearing a reusable one 
  • Social distance - stay 2 metres away whenever possible 
  • Avoid travel and trips when it's not essential, especially on public transport 
  • Limit contact with those who are vulnerable or shielding 

Face coverings 

There's been a lot of confusion on what to do about face coverings. Whenever possible, make sure you:

  • Wear something that covers your mouth and nose
  • Wear your masks in public spaces where you might get close to people 
  • Wear your masks in public spaces where you might be close to strangers - shops, supermarkets, public transport 

Seeing friends and family 

One of the hardest parts for many, is not being able to see friends and family. Below is what you need to know. 

You can meet with one other household if you are:

  • Living alone
  • A single parent who lives alone with children 

When seeing friends and family you do not live with, you should:

  • Meet in groups of 6 of less 
  • Follow social distancing rules 
  • Meet people outdoors whenever possible and practical 

Working from home

The Government has recently changed it's guidance on working from home. 

If you have an office job, or if you can, then work from home. 

When do the rules change?

The rules might be different for you if you:

  • Support a vulnerable person
  • Have childcare
  • Work or volunteer in essential or frontline services 
  • Need to attend education or training
  • Have a support group
  • Have legal obligations e.g. jury duty 
  • Have an exercise class or training 
  • Are attending a protest
  • Are attending a funeral 

The rules may also be different if your area is in local lockdown e.g. you may not be able to see people from other households. Always make sure to check your local council website. 

For more detailed information on the rules, click here.