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What are the new government guidelines regarding the coronavirus?

Published: 14 May 2020

Coronavirus: what you can and can't do

Please see the coronavirus outbreak questions and answers: what you can and can't do webpage on the GOV.UK website, to find out about the latest guidelines from the government regarding coronavirus as outlined by Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Sunday 10 May.

The new Stay Alert message was announced and is summed up by five key things which aims to help control the virus. This means you must:

  • Stay at home as much as possible
  • Work from home if you can
  • Limit contact with other people
  • Keep your distance if you go out (two metres apart where possible)
  • Wash your hands regularly

And if you or anyone in your home has symptoms then don't leave the house.

Changes to lockdown

  • You can now meet one other person outdoors who isn't a member of your household – you can travel by car to meet up with them, but social distancing of two metres apart still applies
  • You can exercise outside for as long as you like
  • You can now use outdoor sports courts or facilities, such as a tennis or basketball court, or a golf course – with members of your household, or one other person who isn't part of your household, while staying two metres apart.
  • Garden centres are now open
  • If you are over 70 the advice is you should still minimise contact with others outside your household
  • Before you travel on public transport, consider if your journey is necessary and if you can, stay local. Can you walk or cycle to where you need to get to? Or stay at home?

Surrey County Council services

At Surrey County Council we will be reviewing the latest guidelines and as more and more services are reopened, such as community recycling centres and countryside car parks, we will ensure that we are putting measures in place to protect the safety of you and our staff. You can find up-to-date information on the Surrey County Council web pages here: community recycling centres and countryside car parks.

Other services will start to reopen but some may be experiencing backlogs so please bear with us at this time.

With the work of the Surrey Local Resilience Forum we will continue to support those who are Extremely Vulnerable who have now been asked to shield until the end of June. For guidance on shielding and protecting extremely vulnerable people visit the GOV.UK website.

Latest Coronavirus information in Surrey

Please continue to visit our coronavirus webpage which has Surrey related information, including how to get help, advice and support, information on council services available, schools, testing, mental health and wellbeing, how businesses can get involved and much more.

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