Staying safe outside your home

Pubs, restaurants and hairdressers, amongst a few other public venues, are now able to open. Non-essential shops have already been able to open from 15 June.

More people will be out and about, so it’s important to continue to take precautions to stay safe.

Before you leave home

If you have any symptoms of coronavirus, stay at home. You must self-isolate at home for seven days.

If possible, bring hand sanitiser and a face covering with you.

Take a contactless card or device with you to pay, if you can.

Social distancing

The current guidance is to keep two metres apart where possible, but where it is not, a social distance of at least one metre apart is acceptable while taking mitigations to reduce the risk of transmission.

These other measures include screens, facing away from each other, hand washing, face coverings and minimising contact with others.

There are some areas that have been identified as having a pavement that is too narrow for pedestrians to safely social distance. In these areas, measures have been put in place to extend the pavement, such as suspending on street parking or installing temporary barriers.

Face coverings and masks

The government advises to wear a face covering in any situation where social distancing isn’t possible.

Face coverings are not a replacement for social distancing and may not protect you from getting coronavirus. However, they may provide protection for others if you are infected but not showing symptoms.

If you use public transport, it is mandatory to wear a face covering when doing so.

It’s important to wear and store your face covering properly - make sure you wash or sanitise your hands before putting it on and after taking it off, avoid touching your face and store used face coverings in a plastic bag until you wash them.

Shopping safely

You may still have to queue to get into shops, and many require you to sanitise your hands when you enter or exit.

If a shop has a one-way system, stick to it. This may mean that you have to wait for someone to finish browsing.

Shop alone if you can, this will make social distancing inside and in queues easier for everyone.

The BBC has produced a useful video about how to shop safely.

Pubs and restaurants

Pubs and restaurants are open, but they may be operating very differently to how they did before the pandemic.

Venues have to follow government guidelines to make sure they are operating safely. A large part of this may be supporting the NHS Test and Trace scheme to contain outbreaks by temporarily storing your contact details in case you need to be contacted.

Physical ways of maintaining social distancing could include screens between tables, a table only service, apps which enable you to order food and drinks from your table, a reduced customer capacity, changes to entrances and exits and hand washing or sanitising encouraged.


When paying for parking, remember to sanitise your hands before and after using the machine.

Alternatively, you can use RingGo for contactless payment - all you need is your phone and a payment card.

Look out for others

We should all continue to look out for others.

This could mean offering to pick items up for others if you go out shopping or respecting social distancing when you’re out.

Things aren’t the same as they were before the coronavirus pandemic. Social distancing and other safety measures might mean that things take longer. These measures will be brand new to many of the staff working in pubs and restaurants and may take a little time to run completely smoothly – please be patient with others.