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COVID-19 - Social distancing - what this means for you

On Monday 23 March, the prime minister announced strict social distancing guidelines for the whole of the UK.

All people must:

  • stay at home
  • only go outside for food, health reasons or work (where this absolutely cannot be done from home)
  • stay two metres (6ft) away from other people
  • wash your hands as soon as you get home.


Steps you can take:

  • If you are going for a walk outside or doing food shopping then you must make sure you stay two metres apart from other people at all times. This includes in parks and open spaces. All residents are required to observe national guidelines on social distancing.
  • Avoid unnecessary social contact. Avoid using public transport where possible; only critical workers or people collecting essential food and medicine supplies should be using public transport from now on. View the Transport for West Midlands travel guidelines here.
  • Reduce the number of times you need to visit the grocery store. Rather than going twice a week or every other day, try to plan your shopping so that you are only going once a week. At the grocery store, respect social distancing measures and give other customers and staff space. 

View the national guidelines on social distancing.

This guidance is for everyone, including children and is intended for use in situations where people are living in their own homes, with or without additional support from friends, family and carers. Translated versions are also available to view. 


UK Government guidance and advice to avoid non-essential travel within the UK is also available.

Essential travel does not include visits to second homes, camp sites, caravan parks or similar, whether for isolation purposes or holidays. People should remain in their primary residence. Not taking these steps puts additional pressure on communities and services that are already at risk.