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: 2 June 2020 

Across the UK  some restrictions are being relaxed. This is a devolved matter and Governments in England,  Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have 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, these are reproduced below in the form each country has stated:  


We can all help control the virus if we all stay alert. This means you must:  

  • stay at home as much as possible  
  • work from home if you can 
  • limit contact with other people  
  • keep your distance if you go out (two metres apart where possible) 
  • wash your hands regularly  
  • do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms  

Full details can be found on  


Protect yourself and others:  

  • stay at home  
  • only go outside for essential food, health and work reasons  
  • stay two metres (six feet) away from other people  
  • wash your hands regularly and  as soon as you get home  

Full details can be found at


  • Stay local and keep Wales safe: 
  • always observe social distancing
  • wash your hands regularly 
  • if you are meeting one other household, stay outdoors and stay local 
  • work from home if you can 
  • Stay at home if you or anyone you live with has symptoms. 

Full details can be found at   

Northern Ireland 

Everyone must help stop coronavirus spreading. This means you need to: 

  • Stay at home as much as possible 
  • limit contact with other people 
  • keep your distance if you do go out (stay 2 metres apart) 
  • wash your hands well and often 
  • work from home if you can 
  • Do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms. 

Full details can be found at

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