Coronavirus guidance for the public

Page updated: 14 January 2021

Government guidance and advice

National lockdown: stay at home

  • You must stay at home. 
  • You must not leave your home unless necessary.
  • Stay 2 metres apart from anyone you do not live with (or not in your support bubble).

You must not leave, or be outside of your home except where necessary. You may leave the home to:

  • shop for basic necessities, for you or a vulnerable person
  • go to work, or provide voluntary or charitable services, if you cannot reasonably do so from home
  • exercise with the people you live with (or support bubble), or one other person. This should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area.
  • meet your support bubble or childcare bubble where necessary, but only if you are legally permitted to form one
  • seek medical assistance or avoid injury, illness or risk of harm (including domestic abuse)
  • attend education or childcare - for those eligible.

Full guidance on the new measures is available on the government's Coronavirus website.

Check details of the extended furlough scheme and other economic support here.

This government guidance should still be followed:

  • social distancing of 2m in public places
  • wash hands thoroughly and regularly with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds or use sanitiser
  • do not leave home if you or anyone you live with has symptoms, unless you are getting a Covid test
  • wear a face covering in enclosed areas including essential shops and public transport unless exempt
  • ensure you isolate if: you are symptomatic, you test positive, or if you are contacted by NHS Test and Trace. Provide all your contacts if contacted by NHS Test and Trace.

This will be enforced by the police where necessary, please call 101 to report and visit Thames Valley Police website for more information.

Further advice