Coronavirus (COVID‑19)

National lockdown: stay at home

Coronavirus (COVID‑19) is spreading fast.

Do not leave your home unless necessary.

1 in 3 people who have the virus have no symptoms, so you could be spreading it without knowing it.

If you have any coronavirus symptoms:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough
  • a loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste

Get a test and stay at home

Find out what support you can get

For example, if you’re out of work, need to get food, or want to take care of your mental health.

Recent and upcoming changes

27 January

The Prime Minister has announced that it’ll not be possible to resume face-to-face learning for the majority of pupils and students until 8 March at the earliest.

The Prime Minister has also announced further measures at the border, including the strengthening of requirements for some arrivals through hotel isolation. We’ll set out more details in due course.

5 January

National lockdown rules apply in England. Stay at home. Find out what the rules are in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Shielding has resumed in England. If you’re shielding, do not attend work, school, college or university. You can get support if you’re clinically extremely vulnerable, for example priority access to supermarket deliveries.

Guidance and support

Schools, universities, education and childcare

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Work and financial support

Businesses and self-employed people

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See specific guidance for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland


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All coronavirus information on GOV.UK