COVID-19: How to stay safe when going out

Everyone will be relieved to be able to get out again after the lockdown but we need to think ahead before leaving home to ensure we stay safe.

COVID-19 cases could rise again if we relax too much and are not careful to follow the hands, face, space guidance when out.

If you have any COVID-19 symptoms stay at home and don’t risk spreading it to other people.

There are also some new rules in place now Plymouth is in a Tier 3 Very High Alert area.


Plan ahead to ensure youhave a stress-free and safe shopping experience.

Many shops will be staying open later every day making it easier to shop at quieter times.

Tips for shopping safely

Hands: Wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds and make sure you do this before leaving home and as soon as you arrive back. Use hand sanitiser while you are out. Avoid touching your face.
Cover face: Check you have your face mask with you before leaving home. Wear it when on buses, in shops and before you are seated in a restaurant. Make sure it covers your nose.
Make space: Stay two metres apart from people you do not live with where possible, or one metre with extra precautions in place (such as wearing face coverings)
Look out for the signs: Please follow the procedures shops have in place to ensure social distancing and safe queueing. 
Shop off-peak: All shopping areas are expected to be busy, so visit off-peak where you can and are able to. Busiest times are anticipated to be weekends so where possible try to avoid the crowds and queues by shopping outside of these times. 



Pubs and bars have to close but can offer take-away, drive through and delivery services.

Entertainment venues also have to close.