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Try to minimise contact with people you live with who are not at very high risk. They are not staying at home so may have more chance of being exposed to COVID-19.

It's OK to interact in the way you usually do with anyone you live with who is also at very high risk from COVID-19 and is staying at home.

What the people you live with need to do

Other people you live with can protect you by:

  • washing their hands properly when they come into the house
  • following the advice on social distancing and hand hygiene at home
  • spending as little time as possible in shared rooms, such as the kitchen and sitting areas
  • opening windows to let fresh air into shared spaces
  • using separate towels, including hand towels and tea towels
  • cleaning cutlery, dishes and pans thoroughly
  • cleaning a shared bathroom each time they use it - wiping the surfaces they have touched
  • cleaning objects and surfaces they often touch with the usual cleaning products, such as door handles, kettles and phones
  • being careful about social distancing when they are out of the house, this keeps everyone safe

If someone you live with gets symptoms of COVID-19 or told they are a close contact they should avoid contact with others immediately.

Sharing things

Avoid sharing toothbrushes.

Do not share food and drinks someone else has been consuming. For example, taking a bite from a piece of food or drinking from the same bottle or cup.

It is also OK to use items that someone else in the house has used after they have been washed. For example, cutlery, dishes and similar items.

When other people who you live with need to stay at home

Other household members need to stay at home if they are:

If people you live with are putting you at risk

People in your household may be behaving in ways that put you at risk.

If you are worried about this, talk to them about your concerns. They may not be able, or willing, to change their behaviours. If this is the case, you may need to think about alternatives to living with them.

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Last updated: 27 November at 2pm

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