Social Distancing 101 #iSUlation

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This is important. Reducing our day to day contact with people will reduce the spread of Covid-19. 

Anyone can spread the disease.

With the Government's new rules, everyone should be following social distancing measures, although people with an increased risk of severe illness should take particular care.

You should minimise all time spent outside, and stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people.

New Government Rules

  1. Stay home unless you need to go shopping for essentials such as food and medicine, one form of exercise a day, any medical need or to care for a vulnerable person, travelling to and from work when you absolutely can't work from home.
  2. All non-essential shops and community spaces are to close.
    • You can read more about your SU services here.
  3. Stopping all gatherings of more than two people in public places.
    • However, if they are members of your household and you have no choice but to take them out with you (e.g. kids who can't stay at home alone).
    • Where gathering is essential for work, but only where there are no other options to avoid this.

These new rules are for everyone and are effective for at least three weeks.

What does social distancing mean?

  • Stay at home unless you have to go out for the exceptions above.
  • If you can, work from home.
  • Avoid handshakes, hugs and kisses.
  • Limit contact with anyone who is at high risk.
  • Don't socialise face to face with people outside of your household.
  • Stay 2 metres (6ft) away from others.
  • Go digital, use technology for work and to catch up with family and friends.
  • Use food delivery services.
  • Exercise at home, or outside once a day (maintaining your 2-metre distancing, and avoiding gatherings).

So, when can I go out?

  • To shop for essentials such as food or medicine, but only when necessary and try and use online methods if you can.
  • One form of exercise a day such as a run, walk or cycle. You can do this alone, or with members of your household.
  • Any medical need, or to provide care to a vulnerable person.


  • Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your face and cough/sneeze into the bend of your arm (the dab method!).
  • Separate yourself if you have any symptoms of Covid-19.



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