Protect yourself and others from COVID-19


  • get a COVID-19 vaccine

  • 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)

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

  • follow government guidance about what you can and cannot do

  • 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

  • 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


  • 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

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.

You can also add your EU Digital COVID Certificate to the COVID Tracker app.

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.

Last updated: 16 August at 6pm