General advice from the UK Government, NHS, and Others

Page last reviewed / updated 6th November 2020

The key reference points for information and advice for everyone are the NHS website and the Government information hub​, which includes links to additional information for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland​. These are regularly updated. 

To help stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), most hospitals stopped or significantly limited visits and appointments. For the latest advice on visiting, please see this page or contact your hospital.

Shielding and Protecting Vulnerable People

The latest Government guidance for people defined as clinically extremely vulnerable, including any advice or relaxation of the rules, can be found here

SMA-focused advice gathered in April and May 2020 from clinicians is on these pages.

Further Government guidance for anyone who provides unpaid care for a friend or family member is here. Further information in the Personal Assistants, Carers and Home Care section of our website may also be helpful.

Staying Safe - Local Alert levels and Social Distancing 

Government information about National Restrictions is being updated regularly, along with guidance about social distancing.

Guidance about face coverings includes why they are worn, when to wear one, how to make your own and how they should be safely used and stored.


UK-Wide Measures

NHS information includes advice on how to reduce the spread of coronavirus and guidance on how to wash your hands properly, is here

Government guidance for consumers on coronavirus and food, is here.

Self Isolation: staying at home for households with possible coronavirus infection

Government guidance is here. The guidance is published in several languages – scroll down to see. If you or someone you live with has symptoms, the NHS link is here.

If you’re asked to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace and you’re on a low income, unable to work from home and will lose income as a result, you may be entitled to a payment of £500 from your local authority under the Test and Trace Support Payment scheme.  The scheme will run until 31 January 2021.

Education: The Government has published a range of documents providing guidance and advice about coronavirus in educational settings for staff, parents and carers, pupils and students. There is also information in this section of our website.

Testing for Coronavirus

The NHS website also has information about testing and tracing. The NHS COVID-19 app,  available to download for free in England and Wales, tracks your movements and alerts you if you're at risk from coronavirus. 

Mental Health

The Government has published advice on looking after the mental health and wellbeing of the public and of children and young people.

Other tips and advice for adults and children in managing the mental health side of dealing with the coronavirus can be found here.