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Who should be practising social distancing?

UPDATE 24 March 2020: Everyone has been asked to stay home and if they need to go out for exercise, to buy food or to collect medicines, everyone is expected to stay 2 metres apart from others.  

This is UK Government guidance, published 16 March 2020, listing those who should practise social distancing to help protect themselves from contracting COVID-19 at this time. This list includes not just those who are likely to be our parents and other older relatives, but also many of us who have health issues:

More information can be found on the gov.uk website. The charities associated with many of these conditions are also publishing guidance and it is well worth visiting their pages.

Social distancing is not the same as self-isolating. Social distancing is about avoiding risks, so keeping away from crowded areas and maintaining a distance from the people you do mix with. Exercise in the open air is currently considered to be a reasonable thing to do, but again keeping a distance from people is advised.

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