It is important that everybody takes action to help prevent the spread of coronavirus:
- HANDS – Wash your hands regularly and for at least 20 seconds.
- FACE – Cover your face in enclosed spaces, especially where social distancing may be difficult and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet.
- SPACE – Stay 2 metres apart where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place.
Because Sheffield has been placed in the ‘high’ coronavirus tier, you cannot socialise with people outside your household when indoors.
When socialising outdoors, you should meet in groups of 6 or less. This limit includes children of any age.
You should also follow social distancing rules when you meet up and limit how many different people you see socially over a short period of time.
There are exceptions to these restrictions, which you can find here.
There are some places where you must wear a face covering by law. In England, you must wear a face covering when in:
- public transport
- taxis and private hire vehicles
- transport hubs (airports, rail and tram stations and terminals, maritime ports and terminals, bus and coach stations and terminals)
- shops and supermarkets
- premises providing hospitality (bars, pubs, restaurants, cafes), except when seated at a table to eat or drink (see exemptions)
- hairdressers and beauty salons
- visitor attractions and entertainment venues
- libraries and public reading rooms
- places of worship
- funeral service providers
- community centres, youth centres and social clubs
- exhibition halls and conference centres
- public areas in hotels and hostels
- storage and distribution facilities
You are expected to wear a face covering before entering any of these settings and must keep it on until you leave unless there is a reasonable excuse for removing it. You can find further details here.
You should also wear a face covering in indoor places not listed here where social distancing may be difficult and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet.
Working from Home
To help contain the virus, office workers who can work effectively from home should do so.
The government has advised that anyone who cannot work from home should go into their workplace. If you are attending your normal workplace, your employer must have undertaken a risk assessment to meet the government’s guidance on making workplaces COVID-secure.
You can find more information about your rights at work here.
The government’s expectation is the measures described above will need to remain in place until March.