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16 March 2020

PHE issues guidance on new social distancing measures with vulnerable people advised to be particularly stringent in following measures

Introduced by

Public Health England

Targeted at

Everyone in the UK, including children, older people and vulnerable people.

Timings

Published on 16 March 2020. Later updated regularly. Guidance withdrawn on 11 May and superseded by the following guidance: Staying alert and safe (social distancing)

Stated aims

To reduce social interaction between people to help reduce COVID-19 transmission

Summary

New social distancing measures published by Public Health England (PHE) include the following:

  • Those with symptoms or people in a household with symptoms should stay at home for 14 days (except for exercise and those who can't receive deliveries at home).
  • Everyone else is advised to avoid all unnecessary social contact with others and all unnecessary travel. This includes working from home if possible, and avoiding pubs, clubs, cinemas and restaurants.
  • The government is withdrawing support for mass gatherings.
  • Increasing testing 'radically further': 'we have already increased the number of tests to 5,000 a day and this is now on its way to 10,000 and then radically further'.
  • The communications effort is being ramped up so that people know what steps they need to take to protect themselves, others and the NHS. Those not in vulnerable groups are advised against social mixing in the community and are told to use remote access to essential services, less public transport and to work from home where possible. Those in vulnerable groups, people aged 70 years and older and pregnant women are strongly advised agains social mixing and are told to use remote access to essential services, less public transport and to work from home where possible.
Source(s)

Gov.uk guidance