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What you need to know

You can access all the up to date information and advice about coronavirus here:

You can spread the virus even if you have no symptoms. People who are ill may have a cough or a high temperature.

If you need any treatment with coronavirus symptoms, you will not have to pay. You do not need to worry, your information will not be shared with the UK Government.

Please contact ‘999’ if you need urgent medical attention.

Public Health Wales has also created a coronavirus help booklet. It is available in many different languages:

‘Doctors of the World’ has provided information in many different languages:

Mental health

C.A.L.L is a mental health helpline for Wales. It operates 7 days a week, 365 days a year. It offers a confidential listening and support service during the coronavirus crisis.

If you need to speak to someone, you can call the following free phone number:

0800 132 737 or;

Text ‘Help’ to 81066

For information of any other help available, please visit this website:


Doctors of the World’ has provided information in many different languages:


During the Covid-19 crisis, your local authority should provide accommodation for refused asylum seekers. They should also provide this for anyone who is homeless with 'No recourse to public funds'.

Use the ‘Your Local Area’ page to find out how to contact your local authority to register for accommodation.

Your information should not be shared with the UK Government during the Covid-19 outbreak.

Education for all ages

During the Covid-19 outbreak, schools are closed and children are being asked to learn at home. If you do not have access to the technology you need to do this, your local authority should be able to help. Use the 'Your Local Area' page to find out how to contact your local authority to access technology.

Free School Meals

Access to free school meals is likely to be different during the Covid-19 outbreak. Local authorities provide funds to make sure asylum seekers can continue to feed their children. Use the 'Your Local area' page to find out how to contact your local authority to access free school meals.

Learning English

Some resources are still available for those trying to learn English. These resources are available below:

Headway online Free to access, Entry level 1- Level 2

ESOL Courses (beginners) , or

Asylum Law

During the Covid-19 outbreak, some of the asylum processes have changed or are on hold. Every person’s case will be different. It is important that you do not ignore official letters. Seek individual legal advice from a legal advisor in your area.


During the Covid-19 outbreak, the UK government has a scheme to avoid people losing their jobs.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D deficiency

We are currently advising people to stay at home. For most people, this will mean being indoors for most of the day. It could mean that people are not getting enough vitamin D from exposure to sunshine. 

Vitamin D helps to keep bones, teeth and muscles healthy. It also plays an important role in the immune system, which helps our body fight infection.

The risk of vitamin D deficiency is higher among certain groups. This includes pregnant women, babies and young children. People who have darker skin may be deficient too. This is because their bodies are not able to make as much vitamin D.

It is recommended that people in groups above take a daily supplement containing 10 micrograms of vitamin D.

For further information, please visit:

Apply for a coronavirus test

Apply for a test

Before requesting a test you must have symptoms. This could be a new continuous cough. The symptom could be a high temperature. Or the symptom could be the loss of or change to your sense of smell or taste

If you develop one of these symptoms follow the self-isolation guidance.


You can call 119 (between 7am and 11 pm).

To get access to a translation service from 119, you need to select the following options once you have dialled: -

Press 3 to confirm you are calling from Wales.

Press 2 to confirm you would like to speak to an English operator.

You will the hear a recorded message. This explains that you should only book a test if you are experiencing symptoms. Once that has finished you then need to select option 2.

Once connected to an agent, they will contact Language line. You will then have a 3 way conversation with the caller and the agent


People with hearing or speech difficulties can call 18001119.   The service is available to help you book and take a test.

Use the 111 online coronavirus service if you cannot cope with your symptoms at home. The service can also be used if your condition gets worse or if your symptoms do not get better after 7 days.

In a medical emergency, dial 999.

Testing options

You may be able to choose how to take a test. This could be a  drive-through test centre or a mobile testing unit. Tests can also be taken at a local testing unit or at home if you are a critical worker. Tests taken in Wales are either a single dry swab taken from the back of the throat or a throat and nose swab.

Test results

When you book your test, you will receive further information on how the result will be given to you.  You should receive your test result within 72 hours.

Call 119 number if you have problems getting your results. People with hearing or speech difficulties can call 18001 119. The contact centre is open from 7am to 11pm.

Please visit the below website if you have any questions or need advice when you get your test results. Public Health Wales information for individuals tested for COVID-19 infection.


Download COVID-19 App

We need to stop the spread of coronavirus by testing and contact tracing. Contact tracing is a method of controlling the spread of infectious diseases. You may have to answer questions about private matters but this is to protect people’s health.


The NHS COVID-19 app is an important part of our Test Trace Protect programme. The app will notify you if you have come into contact with someone who has coronavirus.


The app allows you to report symptoms, order a coronavirus test, and record where you may have met other people.


The app will help the NHS understand if the virus is spreading in your area. Local authorities can respond to stop it spreading further and save lives.

The app does this while protecting your privacy. The government will not be able to see where you are or what you have been doing.

The app is available for download from the Apple app store or Google Play store.

By downloading and using the app, you can help keep your family and friends safe. The more people who use the app the greater our chances of reducing the spread of the virus.


How the app works

The app uses your smartphone’s “Exposure Logging” feature to check if you have spent time near others who have coronavirus.

Your Bluetooth needs to be turned on. This will not drain your battery as the app uses “Bluetooth Low Energy”.

It will use your postcode district to tell you if your area is at risk. When you download the app you will be asked to share the first 4 letters and digits of your postcode with NHS Wales.


Your personal privacy and data

The app will not hold any personal information about you or track your location. The app uses random unique IDs to detect other app users so that alerts can be sent. Using these random IDs means that your interactions with other app users remain private. All records, such as date, time and how near you are to other users, are stored on your phone only.

Coronavirus Rules

What will people have to do after the firebreak?

The main things we are asking people to do are:

Stay out of each other’s homes, except in very limited circumstances.

Limit leaving your home.

When you do leave home, try to see as few people as possible.

It is better to see the same one or two people often, rather than to see lots of different people occasionally.

Maintain 2 metre social distancing, including outdoors.

Meet people outdoors rather than indoors where possible.

Work from home if you can.

Wash your hands with soap often.

Self-isolate if you show symptoms of coronavirus.

Can I be fined if I don’t follow this guidance?

Most of this guidance is not the law and so the police would not fine you. If everyone tries hard to follow this guidance we could avoid further lockdowns.

There are still some laws to make sure people do not choose to take unnecessary risks.

People must not enter each other’s homes or gardens.

You should not meet with more than three people who are not in your 'extended household' (not including any children aged under 11).

Face coverings must still be worn in indoor public places.

You must self-isolate when you are told to do so by NHS Wales Test, Trace, Protect.


Will we need another firebreak in the future?

The best way we can reduce the risk of further firebreaks and lockdowns is to follow these simple rules. By following the new rules we can all play our part in tacking the virus, protecting others and save lives.


Who am I allowed to meet up with in my home?

People who are not in your 'extended household' cannot come into your home. There are only very limited circumstances in which you can enter other people’s homes. Much of the spread of coronavirus has happened in people’s homes.


What is an extended household?

Two households are able to join together to form an extended household. This means you can spend time with them in your home or garden, or in their home or garden. This includes staying in each other’s homes overnight. It also allows you to meet up with them in groups of larger than four in other outdoor places. We will shortly be publishing guidance on seeing people in private homes.


I have formed an extended household before – do I have to stick to that or can I now bubble with someone else?

The rules are changing on extended households on November 9th. You can agree to join with a new household but you cannot leave this agreement and join another new household later on.

Can I go into an extended household with a household in a different local authority area?

Yes, there is no geographical limit on who can be in your extended household.


Can I go into an extended household with a household in England?

Yes, but the arrangements will need to follow the rules in both countries. Please check what travel restrictions are in place in England.

I am not part of an extended household with someone but they still need my care or support – can I visit them?

You are allowed to provide care or to help someone who needs it, even if they are not part of your extended household. This includes being in a private home with them if necessary. You can also visit someone on compassionate grounds if necessary. You should consider other ways to communicate such as a video call on your phone or computer. If you can meet people outdoors or in a Covid-19 secure setting rather than in a private home then you should do so.


Can I visit people in care homes or other non-domestic settings?

Yes. Visits to care homes, hospices, young offender institutions and secure accommodation facilities for children are allowed. Please see the Health and Social Care section for more information on care homes.


What do you mean by compassionate grounds?

This means that you may need to visit a person who may be struggling with the rules. They may be suffering from a physical or mental illness. They may have suffered a bereavement or you may be worried about their welfare.


Are the rules on extending households different if I live in shared accommodation?

No. If you are an individual household within that shared home the same rules apply. You can be in an extended household with one other household from outside of your shared home. If you share facilities such as bathrooms or kitchens with other people, you do not need to enter into an extended household with them. You can only do this in groups of up to four people at a time, not including any children aged under 11.

Shared homes includes Houses of Multiple Occupation.


What if I do not have a home, or I am in unsuitable accommodation?

Your local authority should help find you suitable emergency accommodation. They should also support you if you do not have a home or are in unsuitable accommodation. More information is available on the Sanctuary website.

Can I meet people from outside my 'extended household'?

Yes, but you cannot meet them in a private home or garden if you are not part of their extended household. Away from private homes and gardens, you can meet other people. It is better to see the same one or two people often, rather than to see lots of different people occasionally.
Please maintain social distancing, including outdoors.

Please meet people outdoors rather than indoors where possible.

Avoid doing activities that might increase the risk of transmission.

The smaller the number of people who gather, the lower the risk. You should meet with no more than three other people (not including children under 11).

Do I always have to meet the same four people or can I vary who I meet?

The smaller the number of people who gather, the lower the risk. That means you can vary the people you meet. Try to limit how many different people you see. Going out with people in your extended household is likely to be safer. As long as you remain outdoors, the limit of four people gathering together does not apply. The largest group of people who can meet who do not live together is four. This still applies in any outdoor areas attached to shops, cafes, pubs and similar.

If I meet one group of people, can I meet another group later the same day?

This is not forbidden in law, but it is not recommended. The longer you leave between seeing different groups of people, the more likely you are to keep them and yourself safe.


Are the rules different indoors and outdoors?

In most respects the rules are the same anywhere that is away from private homes and gardens. Meeting outdoors remains safer than meeting indoors where you can. Social distancing is more important than ever whether you are indoors or outdoors. You cannot enter someone’s private home or garden unless you are a member of their extended household.

Can I meet people I don’t live with in my garden?

Gardens are part of the home. In winter it is much more likely that people together in a garden will need or want to go indoors. That means you can only meet the people in your extended household there. The same applies to visiting other people in their gardens.

Can an unlimited number of children aged under 11 meet?

The rules on meeting in people’s homes apply to children as well as adults. It is still not permitted to go into someone else’s home unless you have formed an extended household with them. Studies have found that young children are less likely to spread the virus. Even with children it is safer to meet in smaller numbers. Children aged 11 or over must follow the same rules as adults.

Do children aged under 11 need to socially distance?

For young children, it is less essential to attempt to maintain a 2 metre distance between them. You should still make the best efforts you can to make sure they do.

Are there any circumstances in which gatherings of more than four people is allowed?

There are some very limited circumstances where gatherings of more than four people who do not all live together are allowed. Different limits apply to some types of organised activities. These include:
sports and exercise activities,
educational activities,
organised activities for children,
wedding and civil partnership ceremonies, including receptions,
funerals and wakes, and
groups to support people’s health or wellbeing.

Most of these activities have a limit of 15 attendees if they take place indoors or 30 if outdoors. This number does not include any children aged under 11 or people who are working. Weddings, civil partnership ceremonies and funerals may have different limits.


What is a duty to self-isolate?

People who have tested positive for coronavirus will be required by law to self-isolate for ten days when told to do so by NHS Wales Test, Trace, Protect. It will also be law to self-isolate when a person has been close to someone who has tested positive. Failure to do so can lead to you being fined or criminal prosecution. You should also self-isolate if you the NHS Covid-19 app tells you that you should do so. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you should follow the general self-isolation guidance. You should arrange to have a test.

What does self-isolation mean?

Self-isolation is where you stay home and do not meet others. This includes not going to work outside your home. This is to ensure people who have tested positive for COVID-19 prevent passing it on to their others.


I have tested positive for coronavirus. How long do I need to self-isolate for?

If you test positive for coronavirus you need to self-isolate until at least 10 days have passed from the day you reported your symptoms. If you test positive for coronavirus but do not know when your symptoms started, you must self-isolate until 10 days has passed since your test.

I haven’t tested positive for coronavirus, but I have been told by contact tracers to self-isolate. How long do I need to self-isolate for?

It depends if you live with the person you have come into contact with who has tested positive for coronavirus. If you do not live with that person, you will need to self-isolate for 14 days from when you last had close contact with them. If you live with the person who has tested positive, you need to self-isolate until 10 days have passed from the day they reported their symptoms. If they have not displayed any symptoms, you need to self-isolate for 14 days from the time of their test.

I have been told to self-isolate – are there any situations in which I can still leave home?

There are a few exceptional circumstances where you are able to leave self-isolation:

to seek medical help,
where you are at serious risk of harm, including to avoid domestic abuse or sexual violence,
to meet a legal obligation or take part in court proceedings, including immigration reporting,
for compassionate reasons, such as attending the funeral of a family member or close friend,
to shop for basic necessities, but only if nobody else can do this for you and you cannot get them delivered,
to move house, because it is no longer possible for you to stay where you are living,
to access veterinary services, if nobody else can do this for you.

You must stay away from home for the shortest possible time. You should maintain the greatest possible distance from other people. This means avoiding public transport, and wearing a face covering.

What support is available to people who have to self-isolate?

People on low incomes can apply to receive a £500 payment, if they must self-isolate. The payment is available to people on a low income who are unable to work from home and would lose income as a result. To be eligible, people must be self-isolating and in receipt of Universal Credit or another specified benefit. People will be able to apply for the payments via their local authority website and they will be back-dated to October 23rd. Asylum seekers will not be able to apply for this payment. Those with 'No Recourse to Public Funds' may be able to receive payment. You should contact the local authority to ask if you are eligible.

My child has been told to self-isolate. Are they under a duty to self-isolate?

Children aged 16 and 17 are generally notified by NHS Wales Test, Trace and Protect. In those circumstances the child is treated as an adult and must isolate according to the same rules. In the case of younger children it will be the parent, guardian or other responsible adult who will be told about a child’s need to isolate. Where a child is told to self-isolate, only the child (not the whole household) needs to complete a period of self-isolation.


Does my employer have to let me self-isolate?

Yes. Employers should enable any employee who needs to self-isolate to do so. Employers who do not allow employees to self-isolate would be in breach of the Regulations. They could receive a fine of £1000 or face prosecution.


Can I still work from home when isolating?

If you are able to work from home, then we encourage people to continue to do so wherever possible. Your employer should support you to work from home as much as possible. If you cannot work from home, then you may be eligible for a self-isolation payment or for statutory sick pay due to COVID-19.

What can I do if I am worried about the safety measures in my workplace?

All employers must take all reasonable measures to reduce the risk of exposure to coronavirus. We encourage employers and workers to always come together to resolve issues. If you are concerned about the safety measures in any premises, then you can report this to your local authority.


Can I carry out building, repair or maintenance work in someone’s home?

Work carried out in people’s homes, for example by tradespeople, can continue as long as it is managed in a safe way. Both the worker and household members should be well and have no symptoms of coronavirus. People working in someone else’s home must take all measures to reduce the risk of coronavirus spreading. It is also recommended that no work should be carried out in any household where someone is isolating unless it is an emergency. If attendance is unavoidable, workers and householders should be kept separate from each other. In these cases, Public Health Wales can provide advice to tradespeople and households.

Is financial support being made available to support my job?

Yes, eligible businesses should have access to the UK Government Job Retention Scheme.

Is there any support available for people experiencing a reduction in income, for example, those on zero hour contracts?

There are a range of financial support options available. This is if you are getting less work or no work because of COVID-19. You may be able to access support through the Discretionary Assistance Fund. You can also apply for Universal Credit.

What support is available for self-employed people and freelancers?

Self-employed people may be able to get support through the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme. Freelancers working in cultural and creative sectors are able to apply for the Cultural Recovery Fund. The Welsh Government is also making available £25m for local authorities. This is to provide a discretionary grant for businesses that are closed or impacted. You can register and apply for this via your local authority website. Coronavirus support for businesses can also be found on the Business Wales website.


My employer has had Welsh Government funding but is now making redundancies, what should I do?

Any employer in receipt of Welsh Government funding will need to continue to meet the set conditions. The conditions attached to funding will vary and may not prevent an employer from making redundancies. If you are at risk of redundancy you should speak to your trade union. You can also seek further advice from Acas on your rights during redundancy.


I live in England but work in Wales, can I still travel?

Anyone who is in Wales, whether resident or travelling here, is bound by these rules.

The rules allow people living in Wales to travel to England for work purposes where this is necessary and they cannot work from home. The Welsh Government cannot advise on the law that applies in England. Please see the UK Government’s guidance on restrictions in England for further information.

Can I do voluntary work?

Yes, although you should do so from home if possible. You can also provide care or help to a vulnerable person, including emergency help. This includes getting food and medicines for them. It is important you do not put yourself or the person you are caring for at risk.

Are schools allowed to open?

Yes. The Welsh Government has said that ensuring children can continue to learn in school is a priority. From 9 November, all schools will return to full operations. The schools will use the operational guidance for schools to ensure they remain as safe as possible.

How can schools manage pupils that are required to self-isolate?

Schools will reduce the numbers of potential contacts between pupils. This includes social distancing, reducing unnecessary mixing, and hand and respiratory hygiene measures. Schools working with NHS Wales Test, Trace, Protect to identify pupils that have been in close contact with a positive case. Where a pupil needs to self-isolate they should be given work to ensure they continue their learning. Schools should keep in contact with pupils.

Are further education settings allowed to open?

Yes. Further education colleges, work-based learning and adult learning will reopen. This includes English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) courses. Visit the REACH website to find out about ESOL Courses.


What are the rules on teaching at universities?

Universities can continue to provide a combination of in person teaching and blended learning. Universities are operating Covid-secure campuses and adhering to strict social distancing. Coronavirus cases amongst staff remain low. It is also much safer for students to remain at their term time addresses than to travel home.

Are childcare providers still allowed to operate?

Yes. Children can continue to access their usual childcare provider and you can travel to provide, access or receive childcare. Children can also continue to attend staffed play-work provision, like open access play sessions. All childcare and playwork providers, can remain open and offer their normal services. This includes provision through school holidays. Nannies can also continue to provide childcare. If you live in Wales but provide or use childcare in England, you can still do this. You can also travel in to Wales to provide, access or receive childcare.

I rely on my wider family and friends to provide childcare while I am in work. Can they still do this for me?

Yes, family and friends can provide care for your child. If they are not part of your extended household you should only ask them to do this if there is no alternative. Informal childcare can be provided in the child’s home or in the home of the person providing the care. Children should not be cared for outside of the home if they are displaying symptoms of Covid-19 or are to self-isolating. Children should not be cared for by anyone who is displaying symptoms of Covid-19 or are self-isolating.

Are activities and clubs for children allowed to run?

Yes, activities run for the development and well-being of children can run outdoors and indoors. This is subject to the rules around the numbers of people for indoor and outdoor gatherings.


Can I still access health services?

NHS Wales is still here to help you if you need care. It is important you continue to attend appointments and seek help for medical issues. You can leave your home to access local health services. This includes your doctor surgery, dentist, optometrist or other health service. If your appointment changes, your health board or health professional will contact you. Follow any guidance your local surgery, dentist, optometrist or health service has put in place to protect you and staff. This includes the need to keep 2 metres away from other patients whilst waiting to be seen. If you have symptoms of Coronavirus do not visit your GP, hospital, pharmacy, optometrist or dentist. For more information please use the NHS Wales symptom checker.

Will shielding be resuming?

There are no plans to resume shielding now. The advice for the shielded population is the same for everyone. You should keep contact with other people to a minimum. You should also keep a 2 metre distance from others and wash hands regularly. You should wear a face covering where required and avoid touching surfaces others have touched. Consider what time of day you go out and where you are visiting i.e. avoid visiting shops at peak times. Where possible you should continue to work from home.

Can I visit friends and family outside Wales?

At the moment, you are not allowed to risk spreading the virus by leaving Wales without a reasonable excuse. Visiting friends and family socially is not a reasonable excuse. If you need to care for someone or have entered an extended household with them, you may be able to visit. You should also check the guidance relating to England.


What attractions will be open and what will still be closed?

All visitor attractions are now able to open. Measures to protect visitors, including social and physical distancing measures will be in place.

How are cafes, restaurants, pubs and bars able to operate safely indoors?

Premises should be providing table service only. All food and drink should be consumed at tables. Physical distancing measures will be applied. Face coverings must be worn other than when seated to eat or drink. You should give contact details for purposes of tracing people in the event of an outbreak being linked to the venue. There will be no live music and TV broadcasts will be kept at low volume.

Who can I go to cafes, restaurants, pubs or bars with?

You are allowed to go to these venues with people outside your household. You should maintain 2 metres distance from them and the size of the group should not exceed 4 people (not including any children aged under 11). If all the people attending live together, the size of the group is not limited to 4. Please meet people outdoors rather than indoors where possible. Avoid doing activities that might increase the risk of transmission.

Do I need to wear a face covering in cafes, restaurants, pubs or bars?

Yes. Face coverings must be worn unless you are seated at a table or unless you have a reasonable excuse for not wearing one. Please see our guidance on face coverings for details of those reasonable excuses).

Are there limits on when I can buy alcohol?

Yes. Alcohol cannot be sold between 10pm and 6am. Hospitality businesses in Wales will have to stop selling alcohol at 10pm.

Will entertainment venues be open?

Theatres and concert halls, nightclubs and sexual entertainment venues are still required to be closed. Other venues, such as cinemas, bowling alleys, skating rinks, museums, galleries, bingo halls, casinos and amusement arcades are allowed to be open. This is subject to following the social distancing rules.

Are there travel restrictions in place in Wales?

There are no travel restrictions in place within Wales. We are asking everyone to think about the journeys they take and the people they meet. We should all think about where we go and who we meet. This is because the more places we go and the more people we meet, the greater the chances there are of catching coronavirus. It is also sensible to avoid travelling to and from areas with a higher incidence rate if you can.


I do not live in Wales. Can I travel through Wales to reach a destination?

People who live outside Wales can still travel through Wales if they have a reasonable excuse to do so. Any person who does not live in Wales will need to be aware of any restrictions in force where they are living.


Where are face coverings required on public transport?

Wearing face coverings on public transport including buses, trains, trams, taxis, boats and aeroplanes is a legal requirement. Everyone aged 11 or over travelling on public transport needs to wear a face covering.

Can I now have driving lessons?


What shops are open?

All retail shops can open.


Where will face coverings be required?

Face coverings must be worn in all indoor public places. This includes on public transport and taxis, and in places where food and drink is served, other than when you are seated to eat or drink. This applies to everyone aged 11 and over, unless an exception applies. Children under 11 do not have to wear face coverings.

Can I be exempt from wearing a face covering?

Some people do not have to wear a face covering. There are some situations in which people can also temporarily remove coverings.

Are face coverings required in education and childcare settings?

Face coverings need to be used by persons aged 11 and over in areas to which members of the public have access. Education and childcare settings are not public places. The decision about whether to wear face coverings in secondary schools and colleges, and in what areas they are worn, will be a local decision. Depending on the school or college’s assessment of the risk and in context of local circumstances.

Will hairdressers and barbers be allowed to reopen?

Yes, as long as they take all reasonable measures to prevent the spread of the virus. Most service providers will need to wear some form of personal protective equipment (PPE). This can be a face mask and/or visors. You will be expected to provide contact details in attending a hairdresser or barber. You will also be advised to attend your appointment alone if possible.


Will beauty salons be open?

Yes, beauty salons and similar businesses can open. Most service providers will need to wear some form of personal protective equipment (PPE). This can be a face mask and/or visors. You will also be expected to provide contact details in attending. You will also be advised to attend your appointment alone if possible.

Which sport, leisure and recreation facilities are now open?

All sport and leisure facilities are now allowed to be open.

Do the restrictions on gatherings of more than 4 people apply to sports and exercise?

Not in the same way. You can play sport or exercise in a group of up to 30 people outdoors or 15 people indoors, if this is part of an organised activity. Children aged under 11 and those organising the activity are not included in these numbers.


Are group exercise classes indoors still allowed even with more than 4 people?

Yes. Exercise classes are able to run for groups of up to 15 people indoors.

Do the limits on numbers apply to sports and exercise for children aged under 11?

No. As long as the activity is organised by a responsible body there is no set limit on the number of children aged under 11 who can take part.

What are the rules for religious services?

Places of worship will be able to open for communal worship. Those responsible for the place of worship have a duty to minimise the risk of exposure to coronavirus. Ceremonies can also be held either as part of communal worship or as events in their own right. A place of worship may need to arrange several worship sessions to keep to space and number limit rules.

Do I have to wear a face covering when attending a religious service?

Yes, places of worship are indoor public places and so the requirements to wear a face covering will apply. Those leading worship or a ceremony may have a reasonable excuse not to wear a face covering if they cannot effectively do so while wearing one. They will need to stay continually over 2 metres away from others and wearing a visor.

Are there limits to the number of people who can attend ceremonies?

The number who will be able to attend a ceremony indoors will be limited by the capacity of the venue where it is being held. Physical distancing measures must be taken into account. Ceremony attendance is by invitation only.

Can I go to a funeral?

Yes, but you must be invited. Numbers are constrained by the need to put physical distancing measures in place.

Can I hold a wake or another form of gathering following a funeral?

A gathering of up to 15 people can take place indoors for these purposes, or up to 30 people outdoors. More detail on what is permitted is included in our guidance on funerals.

Can libraries and community centres open?

Yes, libraries and community centres are now permitted to open. The decision on whether to open each is a choice for your local authority or community centre.

What activities can take place in a Community Centre?

Any activity can legally be undertaken as long as it is organised by a club or recognised body and follows indoor rules. For more information, please see our guidance on community centres.

Who enforces the restrictions?

The restrictions are being enforced by local authority enforcement officers and the police. They can issue fines or recommend prosecution in a magistrates’ court. They have wide-ranging powers to take practical steps to disperse gatherings, make people go home and enter property.

What will the police do?

The police will engage with people, explain what they need to do and encourage them to comply. Our police forces have been given powers and they will use them if necessary.

Most types of breaking the law may lead to a £60 fine. This can be increased to £120 if you break the laws again. If the law is broken a third time the fine will increase to £240. The fine will continue to double every time the rules are broken up to a maximum fine of £1,920.

Organising an unlicensed music event of more than 30 people is a separate criminal offence. Breaking this rule may lead to an unlimited fine or a fine of £10,000.