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.

Roadmap out of lockdown

1 March

Households of, and people in a support or childcare bubble with, school pupils and staff members can get twice-weekly rapid lateral flow tests.

Secondary school pupils and all school staff (both primary and secondary) will get tested twice a week at their school.

From 8 March

Pupils return to face-to-face education in school and further education in England. Wraparound childcare, such as after-school clubs, can reopen.

Outdoor recreation, such as a picnic, is allowed. This can be on your own, with one other person, or with your household or support bubble.

Indoor visits to care homes start again for a single named visitor.

Read the current rules and the changes happening from 8 March.

Guidance and support

What you can and cannot do

Testing and self-isolating

Schools, universities, education and childcare

International travel


Work and financial support

Businesses and self-employed people

See specific guidance for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland


See all announcements

UK statistics

All coronavirus information on GOV.UK