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Coronavirus restrictions remain in place across the country. Find out what you can and can not do at GOV.UK

Follow the rules to help reduce the spread of coronavirus.

Follow the Rule of Six outdoors at all times

You must limit the number of people you meet socially outdoors to no more than 6 people (from any number of households), OR 2 households (each household can include existing support bubbles, if eligible).

Avoid meeting with several different groups of people over a short period of time. The virus doesn’t move, people move it. The more people you interact with, the higher the chance of spreading the coronavirus between households.

You must stay a minimum of 2 metres apart from people who do not live in your household, including members of your extended family or close friends. It is difficult, but do not hug, kiss or touch others. Maintaining your distance will stop the virus from spreading.

‘Hands. Face. Space.’

  • Wash your hands with soap and water regularly and for 20 seconds.
  • Wear a face covering in indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult, and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet.
  • Stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place (such as wearing face coverings).

Other things to remember

  • Work from home if you can and only travel when necessary
  • Do not meet socially indoors with family or friends unless they are part of your household or support bubble.
  • Single adults living alone or single parents with children under 14 can form a support bubble with one other household of any size. Households in that support bubble can still visit each other, stay overnight in each other’s households, and visit outdoor public places together.

Please do not assume that you are safe if you, or people in your household, are not exhibiting any clear symptoms 

People who catch coronavirus may have either very mild symptoms, or no symptoms at all. This means you could have the virus without knowing it and pass it on to someone who could become very seriously ill or even die.

If you, or any member of your household exhibits any symptoms or you become aware of someone who has visited your household recently who has tested positive or is exhibiting symptoms, the whole household must self-isolate for 14 days and call the NHS to arrange for a test immediately.

When self-isolating:  

  • Do not leave your home
  • Do not allow others into your home
  • Do not go to work
  • Do not send children to school
  • Do not spread the virus.

Financial support is available to help you during a period of self-isolation. This can include a Test & Trace Support payment of £500. Read more about the eligibility criteria and how to apply.

Whether or not you meet the criteria set by Government, there is help available for those facing financial difficulty or needing support. The Suffolk Advice and Support Service helps people across the county access information or support relating to debt, benefits, housing or employment. You can contact the service on 0800 068 3131 between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday or visit Suffolk Advice and Support Service.

If we keep following the guidance, we will reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Ipswich needs you to act now and follow the rules.

Contact Details

Ipswich Borough Council,
Grafton House,
15-17 Russell Road,

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01473 432000