Help protect yourself and others
- Let fresh air in if you meet indoors. Meeting outdoors is safer.
- Wear a face covering in crowded and enclosed spaces where you come into contact with people you don't normally meet.
- Get tested and self-isolate if required.
- If you haven't already done so, get vaccinated.
- Boost if you're eligible.
The safest place to meet is outdoors. At home and in your workplace, open windows regularly throughout the day, especially when you share a space with others. Ventilate!
If you think you might have coronavirus
A high temperature
- A new, continuous cough
Loss or change in sense of smell or taste
Most people with symptoms have at least one of these.
Many people with COVID-19 do not have symptoms but can still infect others. This is why everyone is advised to get tested regularly.
What to do if you have these symptoms
- Get a PCR test to check if you have COVID-19
- You and anyone you live with should stay at home and not have visitors until you get your test result.
Get help from NHS 111 if:
- You are worried about your symptoms
- You are not sure what to do
Face masks - when to wear one
Face coverings are now required by law in most indoor public spaces and on public transport, including buses, trains and taxis.
Face coverings are not required in hospitality venues where food and drinks are consumed, such as pubs and cafes, during exercise, such as in the gym, or when dancing, such as in a nightclub.
In indoor settings where face masks are not a legal requirement, it is still recommended that you wear one in enclosed or crowded spaces where you might come into contact with people you might not normally meet.
Public Transport in London
Passengers on all Transport for London (TfL) services - including the Tube, bus, tram, Docklands Light Railway, Overground and TfL Rail - will need to keep wearing a face covering in stations and for their entire journey unless they are exempt.
TfL will also ensure taxi and private hire vehicle drivers and passengers wear masks, unless exempt.
How to self isolate if you or someone in your house has coronavirus
Stay at home and self-isolate.
- Do not go to work, school, or public areas
- Do not use public transport or taxis
Do not go out to get food and medicine – order it online or by phone, or ask someone to bring it to your home
Do not have visitors in your home, including friends and family – except for people providing essential care
Do not go out to exercise – exercise at home or in your garden, if you have one
Your isolation period includes the day the first person in your household’s symptoms started (or the day their test was taken if they did not have symptoms, whether this was an LFD or PCR test), and the next 10 full days.
For more information about when to self isolate and what this means for families visit the NHS website.
In England from 16 August, if you’re fully vaccinated or under 18, you will not need to self-isolate following close contact with someone who has COVID-19. You’ll still need to take a PCR test and self-isolate if it’s positive.
What you can and can't do
The government has set out its plan to return life to as near normal as we can, but in a way that continues to protect our communities and our NHS.
If you do go outside or meet with others, remember that it's still important to social distance.
COVID-19 vaccines: What you need to know
Information in different languages
Various leaflets, publications, audio files and videos are available in different languages, along with information for migrants living in the UK. By using the button below, you will be taken to the Mayor of London's website where this information is held.
Getting tested for Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Guidance on coronavirus testing, including who is eligible for a test, how to get tested and the different types of test available is available on the Government's website.
How to avoid catching or spreading germs
Wear a face covering or mask if you can, inside shops, hospitals, on public transport, and in enclosed spaces where social distancing is not possible and where you may encounter people you would not usually meet.
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze.
Put used tissues in the bin straight away.
Wash your hands with soap and water – use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell.
Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.
Advice for people at high risk
The guidance for the clinically extremely vulnerable is that shielding has been paused. To find out what this means, click the button below.
If you’re clinically extremely vulnerable, you are advised not to enter any area where shielding advice is in place.
NHS England had produced a list of common questions about coronavirus, covering advice for you and your family, how it's caught and spread, prevention, self-isolation, testing and treatment and foreign travel.
Other places for information:
- NHS coronavirus information
- GOV.UK information on coronavirus and the situation in the UK
- GOV.UK foreign travel advice
- World Health Organization: coronavirus myth busters
Treatment for coronavirus
There is currently no specific treatment for coronavirus.
Antibiotics do not help, as they do not work against viruses.
Treatment aims to relieve the symptoms while your body fights the illness.
You'll need to stay in isolation, away from other people, until you have recovered.