Coronavirus update – Physical Distancing – Stoke City Council
23 March 2020 Local News
To delay the spread of coronavirus, we all have to follow the advice on social and physical distancing. We should all be taking measures to reduce social interaction between people in order to reduce the transmission of coronavirus. Remember, the virus doesn’t move, people move it. The current advice is to:
- Avoid contact with someone who is displaying symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19). These symptoms include high temperature and/or new and continuous cough.
- Avoid non-essential use of public transport when possible
- Work from home, where possible. Employers should support you to do this.
- Avoid large and small gatherings in public spaces, noting that pubs, restaurants, leisure centres and similar venues are currently shut as infections spread easily in closed spaces where people gather together.
- Avoid gatherings with friends and family. Keep in touch using remote technology such as phone, internet, and social media
- Use telephone or online services to contact your GP or other essential services
- When you are outside the home stay two metres apart, don’t touch your face and wash your hands when you get home.
Everyone should be trying to follow these measures as much as is practicable. Public Health England are strongly advising people to follow the above measures as much as they can and to significantly limit face-to-face interaction with friends and family if possible, particularly if they are:
- over 70
- have an underlying health condition
- are pregnant
This guidance is for everyone, including children. 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). Everyone should be trying to follow these measures as much as is practicable. This advice is likely to be in place for some weeks.