COVID-19: guidance for hostel services for people experiencing homelessness and rough sleeping

Information on coronavirus (COVID-19) for commissioners and providers of hostel services for people experiencing homelessness and rough sleeping.



The guidance covers:

  • hostels with individual self-contained rooms with en-suite facilities that have shared kitchens
  • hostels without individual self-contained rooms and that have communal facilities

This guidance does not cover night shelters.

Published 16 March 2020
Last updated 6 January 2021 + show all updates
  1. Updated guidance in line with national lockdown and updated guidance for the clinically extremely vulnerable.

  2. Updated self-isolation period to 10 days.

  3. Updated guidance with information on local restrictions from 2 December.

  4. Updated in line with face coverings regulations.

  5. Revised language in relation to self-isolation.

  6. Updated to reflect the extension of self-isolation from 7 to 10 days.

  7. Full guidance for those working with people who are experiencing rough sleeping and living in hostel environments added.

  8. Guidance replaced by holding statement.

  9. Added poster.

  10. First published.