COVID-19: guidance for first responders

Advice for first responders (as defined by the Civil Contingencies Act) and others who may have close contact with symptomatic people who may have COVID-19.



First responders include those, defined as professionals and members of voluntary organisations, who as part of their normal roles, provide immediate assistance to a symptomatic person until further medical assistance arrives.

There may be further information specific to each country in the United Kingdom, as this guidance was written by Public Health England (PHE) primarily for an English health professional audience. To see if country specific information is available, please refer to Health Protection Scotland, Public Health Wales, or Public Health Agency in Northern Ireland.

Published 5 February 2020
Last updated 24 March 2020 + show all updates
  1. Updated guidance with revised case definition.

  2. Amendment to infection control measures for police, border force, and immigration enforcement officers.

  3. Updated specified countries and areas.

  4. Updated guidance for cleaning.

  5. First published.