From Friday 20 March schools, childcare and other educational settings are closed to everyone except:
- children of critical workers
- vulnerable children
If parents' work is critical to the coronavirus response, their children will be prioritised for early years and education provision.
Government guidance on whole household isolation in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak:
- if you live with others and you or another member of the household have symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill. It is likely that people living within a household will infect each other or be infected already. Staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community.
- for anyone in the household starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for 7 days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14-day isolation period.
The symptoms are:
- A high temperatures (37.8 degrees and above)
- A new, continuous cough
The most important thing individuals can do to protect themselves is to wash their hands more often, for at least 20 seconds, with soap and water. Public Health England recommends that in addition to handwashing before eating, and after coughing and sneezing, everyone should also wash hands after using toilets and travelling on public transport.
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