Coronavirus COVID-19 update (updated 2.7.2020)

The government has set out its plan to return life to as near normal as we can, for as many people as we can, as quickly and fairly as possible in order to safeguard livelihoods, but in a way that continues to protect our communities and our NHS.

The government has published guidance on staying alert and staying safe outside your homeThis page sets out key FAQs to cover the next set of changes planned for 4 July. FAQs on the rules before 4 July are available. 


Click below to read more about what you can and can’t do before 4 July.



This guidance applies in England – people in ScotlandWales and Northern Ireland should follow the specific rules in those parts of the UK.

Creating a coronavirus bubble

The government recognises how difficult it has been for people to be cut off from their family and friends in recent months. This has been necessary to help us all stay alert, control the virus and save lives. This guidance explains how you can now see people you do not live with, while protecting yourself and others from coronavirus.


In England, there are two ways that you can do this:

  • Meeting outdoors in a group of up to 6 people with those you do not live with, whilst observing social distancing guidelines and keeping at least 2 metres apart.

  • From 13 June, single adult households – in other words adults who live alone or with dependent children only – can form a ‘support bubble’ with one other household. All those in a support bubble will be able to spend time together inside each others’ homes, including overnight, without needing to stay 2 metres apart. We are making this change to support the loneliest and most isolated. It is a targeted intervention to provide extra support to some of those most impacted by the most difficult effects of the current social restrictions, while ensuring we continue to keep the rate of transmission down.


You must not:

  • Meet other people indoors – including in their home or your home – unless you are in a support bubble (from 13 June), or for other limited circumstances listed in law.

  • Meet outdoors in a group of more than 6 with people who are not in your household or (where applicable) support bubble, or for other limited circumstances listed in law.

COVID-19 Update (26.5.2020)

 People First Dorset is still following current government advice in order to keep staff, volunteers and the people we support safe. Updated information can be found as follows:


All staff are working from home. Meetings and events are cancelled until further notice. We will be posting updates on our social media pages or you can contact us for the latest updates.

Please stay safe, stay home and follow government advice here:

What the Government have said:

Stay alert. We can all help control the virus if we all stay alert. This means you must

1.        Stay at home as much as possible. 

2.        Work from home if you can

3.        Limit contact with other people 

4.        Keep your distance if you go out (2 metres apart where possible – about a broom length)

5.        Wash your hands regularly 


DO NOT leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms.

What can I do that I could not do before?

There are a limited number of things you can now do that you could not do before:

  1. Spend time outdoors – like sitting and enjoying the fresh air, picnicking, or sunbathing.

  2. Meet one other person from a different household outdoors – stay 2 metres apart.

  3. Exercise outdoors as often as you wish – stay 2 metres apart from others.

  4. Use outdoor sports courts or facilities, such as a tennis or basketball court, or golf course – with members of your household, or one other person staying 2 metres apart from others.

  5. Go to a garden centre – stay 2 metres away from other.

At all times, keep 2 metres apart from other people (not in your household). 

As before, you cannot:

  1. Visit friends and family in their homes.

  2. Exercise in an indoor sports court, gym or leisure centre, or go swimming in a public pool.

  3. Use an outdoor gym or playground.

  4. Visit a private or ticketed attraction.

  5. Meet in a group of more than two (excluding members of your own household), except for a few specific exceptions set out in law (for work, funerals, house moves, supporting the vulnerable, in emergencies and to fulfil legal obligations).

If you are showing coronavirus symptoms, or if you or any of your household are self-isolating, you should stay at home - this is critical to staying safe and saving lives.

REMEMBER You can spread the virus even if you don’t have symptoms, so stay away from other people. It’s people who spread the virus. It doesn’t spread itself!

​You can find the latest information here:

These are some things that we thought were useful (new information shown in orange):


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