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National lockdown: Stay at Home

You must stay at home. The single most important action we can all take is to stay at home to protect the NHS and save lives.

To find out the latest information and advice about coronavirus in Torbay see our coronavirus section.

Back to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Reducing the Spread

COVID-19 is a virus which can live for over 24 hours indoors. This means that as the weather gets colder, and we spend more time indoors, there will be an increased risk of COVID-19 spreading.

It is important that we all play our part in stopping the spread of COVID-19. Everyone needs to:

  • Get tested if you have coronavirus symptoms
Book a coronavirus test

These measures complement each other, and therefore everyone needs to do all of them.

Social distancing

Coronavirus is found in droplets which come out of your nose and mouth. Some of these droplets are tiny, and some are larger. Larger droplets can land on other people. This is most likely to happen if you are less than two metres apart from other people. Small droplets can also stay in the air for some time.

This is why you need to stay at least two metres apart from anyone you do not live with. If you are indoors it is also important to ventilate indoor spaces as much as possible to reduce the spread of COVID-19 through small droplets which stay in the air.

COVID-19 is mostly spread between people who know each other. As COVID-19 is mostly spread by social contact, reducing the number of social contacts you have is very important to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Until 2 December, you must stay at home if at all possible and may meet a maximum of one person from outside your household if you remain two metres away from each other.

Find out more information at the following website links:

Wear a face covering

COVID-19 is found in tiny droplets which can come out of your nose and mouth. Wearing a face covering reduces the spread of these droplets. This means if you have the virus, that you’re less likely to spread the virus.

You should wear a face-covering when you are indoors anywhere which is not your home, and in situations where it is not possible to maintain 2 metres distance from other people that you do not live with.

Find out more information at the following websites:

Wash your hands

You can pick up the virus by touching a contaminated surface. Because of this, washing your hands regularly will reduce the risk of catching and passing on COVID-19. Washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds is best. However, if you do not have soap and water, then hand sanitiser with at least 60% alcohol is the next best option.

  • Watch this video from the World Health Organisation on how to wash your hands
  • Watch this video from the NHS on how to wash your hands

National Restrictions

From 00.01 Tuesday 5 January, we will be in National Lockdown. Find out what this means for you.

You must stay at home. The single most important action we can all take is to stay at home to protect the NHS and save lives.

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