The Prime Minister set out clear instructions for this. People must stay at home and can only go out for food, health reasons or work (if this absolutely cannot be done from home).
If you do have to go out for one of these reasons, stay 2m (6ft) away from people and wash your hands as soon as you get home. Certain groups should be particularly stringent in following social distancing measures. These groups include those who are:
Aged 70 or older (regardless of medical conditions).
Under 70 with an underlying health condition listed below (i.e. anyone instructed to get a flu jab as an adult each year on medical grounds):
- Chronic (long-term) respiratory diseases, such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema or bronchitis
- Chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
- Chronic kidney disease
- Chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis
- Chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), a learning disability or cerebral palsy
- Problems with your spleen – for example, sickle cell disease or if you have had your spleen removed
- A weakened immune system as the result of conditions such as HIV and AIDS, or medicines such as steroid tablets or chemotherapy
- Being seriously overweight (a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or above)
- Those who are pregnant