Government Guidance Coronavirus outbreak FAQs: what you can & can’t do

Government Guidance Coronavirus outbreak FAQs: what you can and can’t do. Published 29th March 2020

When am I allowed to leave the house?

You should only leave the house for very limited purposes:

Shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible one form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household any medical need, including to donate blood, avoid or escape risk of injury or harm, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person travelling for work purposes, but only where you cannot work from home.

Can I go to the dentist, my GP or another medical appointment?

You can leave home for medical appointments.

GP practices may postpone non-urgent health checks or routine appointments. You should go to the doctor if there is an essential medical need.

Can I walk my dog / look after my horse?

Yes – provided it is alone or with members of your household. People must stay at home as much as possible to reduce the spread of the virus. But you can also still go outside once a day for a walk, run, cycle. When doing this you must minimise the time you are out of your home and stay at least two metres away from anyone else that isn’t from your household.

Should I stay at home or go to work?

You may travel for work purposes, but only where you cannot work from home.Certain jobs require people to travel to their place of work – for instance if they operate machinery, work in construction or manufacturing, or are delivering front line services such as train and bus drivers.

Employers and employees should discuss their working arrangements, and employers should take every possible step to facilitate their employees working from home, including providing suitable IT and equipment to enable remote working.

Can I go out to help a vulnerable person?

You can only provide support to vulnerable people if you fulfill all of the conditions below:

You are well and have no symptoms like a cough or high temperature and nobody in your household does
You are under 70
You are not pregnant
You do not have any long-term health conditions that make you vulnerable to coronavirus
If the answer is yes to everything above, you may leave your house to provide care or to help a vulnerable person.

When outside the home, you should stay at least two metres away from others wherever possible.

We have seen an incredible effort across the country already, and we’re hugely grateful to those who support the vulnerable in their communities by volunteering day-to-day.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do