Coronavirus: How to help safely

Across the UK people are playing their part and providing essential support to their friends and family who are in isolation.



The most important thing you can do to fight coronavirus is to follow social distancing guidance. This will help control the virus and save lives.

You can leave home to provide care or help to a vulnerable person — you should follow the guidelines on staying safe outside your home.

Published 26 March 2020
Last updated 18 February 2021 + show all updates
  1. Added '1.2 Helping someone who is shielding' Moved Covid guidance to mainstream page ( to reduce duplication Updated information on self-isolation in '1. Stay safe as a volunteer'

  2. Updated to reflect new national lockdown restrictions.

  3. Guidance changes to reflect new tier 4.

  4. Update to reflect new tier system

  5. Policy update following national restrictions.

  6. National restrictions alert box added.

  7. Changes to advice for Clinically Extremely Vulnerable people volunteering outside of home in high alert areas

  8. Changes to face coverings regs and workplace guidance.

  9. Guidance update

  10. Page owner moved from Cabinet Office to DCMS as agreed.

  11. Changed HTML text as part of a series of updates to content about volunteering during coronavirus. Deleted most of the HTML (this content has moved to another page that is about ways to volunteer and how to apply).

  12. First published.