Social distancing measures are steps you can take to reduce the social interaction between people to avoid the transmission of coronavirus

They are:

  • Avoid contact with someone who is displaying symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19). These symptoms include high temperature and/or new and continuous cough
  • Avoid non-essential use of public transport, varying your travel times to avoid rush hour, when possible
  • Work from home, where possible.
  • Avoid large gatherings, and gatherings in smaller public spaces such as pubs, cinemas, restaurants, theatres, bars, clubs, venues
  • Avoid gatherings with friends and family. Keep in touch using remote technology such as phone, internet, and social media
  • Use telephone or online services to contact your GP or other essential services

Director of Public Health at Bradford Council Sarah Muckle said: “We strongly advise people to follow social distancing advice as much as they can but even more important is to significantly limit face-to-face interaction with friends and family.

“At this time it is really important that we all do as much as we can to limit our social interaction to only essential tasks such as buying food or attending medical appointments. This will mean cancelling or postponing social or family gatherings and taking all the steps we can to prevent and stop the spread of COVID 19.


“However hard this feels, for the time being, it has to include celebration events such as parties, weddings, christenings; suspending worship in mosques and churches; conferences; and training and corporate events.

“The Council and other public services are working hard to ensure people receive essential services, stay safe and get the care they need when they need it but every individual, every family and every business or service needs to do their bit to get us through these challenging times as quickly and smoothly as possible by following social distancing advice.”

How to avoid catching or spreading coronavirus

The advice from the NHS is to protect yourselves and reduce any risks by practising good hand hygiene. Specifically:

  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin straight away
  • wash your hands with soap and water often for 20 seconds
  • try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth if your hands are not clean
  • Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service

Only call 111 if you cannot get help online

  • use the NHS 111 online service if:
  • you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
  • your condition gets worse
  • your symptoms do not get better after 7 days

Use the 111 online coronavirus service at