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Social distancing

This guidance may change and people are advised to check often to keep up with the latest advice.

Coronaviruses can be spread when people with the virus have close, sustained contact with people who are not infected. Typically this means spending more than 15 minutes within two metres of an infected person, such as talking to someone. The more you come into contact with the droplets from coughs and sneezes of an infected person, the more likely you are to catch the infection. This is the reason why people who either have the infection or show symptoms are being asked to self-isolate - to reduce the risk of infecting others.

Social distancing

Social distancing and good hygiene

This guidance is for everyone, including children. It advises everyone that we must practice social distancing measures to reduce social interaction between people in order to reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19). Social distancing is where you try to avoid crowded places, large gatherings of people or close contact with a group of people. In these situations, viruses can easily spread from person to person.

The vulnerable

Vulnerable groups

This guidance applies to everyone, including children, who are at very high risk of severe illness from coronavirus (COVID-19) because of an underlying health condition, and for their family, friends and carers.

Extremely vulnerable – shielding

This guidance is for people with serious underlying health conditions. This is because they are at very high risk of severe illness from coronavirus (COVID-19), and should rigorously follow shielding measures in order to keep themselves safe.

Social distancing for construction sites

Guidance for construction sites

Prior to restarting on-site, a risk assessment for each project is to be undertaken. This will identify areas that require attention in order to comply with guidance. Employees or Contractors must not attend work if experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. They must report their absence to the supervisor or site management so records can be maintained.