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Staying at home and away from others guidance

Staying at home

You should only be outside of your home for very limited reasons, referred to in the Regulations as a reasonable excuse, which include:

  • the need to obtain supplies and services for you or your household, for example food, medicine, and essential household maintenance, we encourage everyone to make this as infrequently as possible
  • exercise, for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household (or a carer). This must be done locally. Please see the guidance on exercise for more information
  • to visit your GP or local health services, including the dentist
  • to  deposit and withdraw money from a bank or similar establishment
  • to provide care for or to help a vulnerable person, this includes getting food or medicines for them
  • help the NHS by donating blood
  • to avoid injury or illness
  • travelling to and from work, but only where it is not reasonably practicable to work from home
  • visit a cemetery, burial ground or garden of remembrance to pay your respects
  • to attend a funeral if you are invited by the person organising the funeral, or are the carer of a person attending the funeral, although this is subject to limits on numbers who can attend, in order to ensure that 2-metre distancing can be kept
  • making use of a recycling or waste disposal facility, or visiting a library, garden centre or plant nurseries

You should try to minimise time spent outside of the home and ensure you are 2 metres apart from anyone outside of your household.

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