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Register to get a COVID-19 vaccine

If you are aged 38 to 69, you can now register to get a COVID-19 vaccine

Protect yourself and others from COVID-19

Restrictions are still in place to protect us from COVID-19.
Read about the current government restrictions on


wash your hands properly and often with soap and water or alcohol hand sanitiser

keep at least 2 metres (6.5 feet) away from people you do not live with (social distancing)

cover coughs or sneezes with a tissue or your sleeve

put used tissues into a bin and wash your hands

wear a face covering in public indoor spaces

follow government guidance about what you can and cannot do

let fresh air into your home by opening windows, doors and air vents as much as possible

clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that other people touch

avoid crowded places where you cannot keep 2 metres apart from other people


do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

do not share objects that touch your mouth, for example, bottles or cups

do not shake hands or make close contact with other people, if possible

do not wear disposable gloves instead of washing your hands - your hands can get contaminated when you take them off

Read about how COVID-19 is spread

People at higher risk from COVID-19

Take extra care to protect yourself from COVID-19 if you are at higher risk from the virus and have not been fully vaccinated.

Read advice for people at very high risk of COVID-19

Meeting people in your home

No visitors are allowed inside your home except for:

  • essential family reasons
  • people in your support bubble

There is different advice for people who are fully vaccinated.

Open windows and wear a face covering

If you have to meet with people indoors:

  • everyone should both wear a face covering
  • let fresh air into your home by opening windows, doors and air vents as much as possible

Even opening a window a small amount will make a difference. The virus spreads easiest in indoor places with poor ventilation. If there is no fresh air to move the virus away, it will stay in the air or land on surfaces

Meeting people outdoors

Outdoor organised events can take place with up to 15 people.

In your garden you can meet with:

  • up to 2 other households, or
  • 6 people from multiple households

This limit of 6 people does not include children aged 12 or younger.

Wear a face covering if you meet people in busy outdoor spaces.

Fully vaccinated people

If you are fully vaccinated you can meet indoors with other fully vaccinated people as long as there are no more than 3 households present.

You can also meet unvaccinated people from 1 household. This is as long as no more than 3 households are present. Do not meet up with anyone who is unvaccinated and is at high risk from COVID-19.

Support bubbles

People who are living alone or parenting alone can pair with one other household for support. This is called a 'support bubble'.

You can visit the home of those in your support bubble and they can visit your home.

Read more about support bubbles on

When not to meet other people

You should not meet someone else if you:

Check with people before you meet them to make sure they are symptom-free and feeling well.

Read advice for people at very high risk from COVID-19

Use the COVID Tracker app

COVID Tracker is a free and easy-to-use mobile phone app that can:

  • alert you if you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19
  • advise you on what to do to protect yourself and others
  • alert other app users that you were in close contact with if you test positive for COVID-19

The app is part of our contact tracing operation. Contact tracing is vital to slowing the spread of the virus. The more people that download and use the app, the more it will help contact tracing.

Why you should use the COVID Tracker app

Download the free app from the App Store for iPhone or the Google Play Store for Android.

Related topics

Guidance on what you can and cannot do from

How COVID-19 is spread

When to wear a face covering

Last updated: 16 May 2021 at 2.25pm

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