Advice from the four nations on the coronavirus pandemic

Here we take you through the latest public health guidance on what you should be doing during the coronavirus outbreak and break this down to the specifics of each nation.

Page last reviewed: 06 January 2021

It is important to note that governments in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have each taken different approaches for their citizens, partly because they believe that the level of infection - and therefore the risk - will differ.    

The appropriate authority for each country has identified key steps, we have used exact wording from each nation's official guidance below:  


National lockdown: stay at home.

Coronavirus cases are rising rapidly across the country.

Find out what you can and cannot do.


From Tuesday 5 January, mainland Scotland will move from Level 4 to a temporary Lockdown, with new guidance to stay at home except for essential purposes. Some islands will remain at Level 3.

Full here information can be accessed on the government website.


All of Wales it at alert level 4.

Find out more.


Northern Ireland 

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