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Protecting yourself and others

Government advice on staying home and self-isolating


The government advice to everyone is to STAY HOME, SAVE LIVES and PROTECT THE NHS.  By staying at home, you will reduce the opportunities for transmission of COVID-19, and help the NHS to cope. In practice, staying home, means:

  • Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (but only if you cannot work from home)
  • If you go out, stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people at all times
  • Wash your hands as soon as you get home
  • Do not meet others, even friends or family. You can spread the virus even if you don’t have symptoms.

You can find out more about what to do and not do here:


If you, or someone in your household, is showing symptoms of COVID-19 (a new, persistent cough and/or a high temperature) you must self-isolate.  The guidance on self-isolating can be found here:


Following good respiratory hygience is extremely important, and can reduce the spread of COVID-19.  The NHS guidance on how to stop infection spreading, and what to do if you think you have symptoms, can be found here:




Where to get help with your shopping and medicines


If you are over 70, pregnant or have an under-lying health condition, you may be more susceptible to COVID-19 and need to self-isolate.  If you need help to get groceries or collect medications, you should:

  • Ask family, friends and neighbours first
  • If they can't help, get in touch with local groups (eg charities, church organisations) that you know and trust
  • If you don't have anyone who can call - don't worry.  Call 01609 780 780 and they will put you in touch with local support

Read our leaflet on where to get help, volunteering and common sense things you should do to protect yourself.

Ryedale District Council COVID citizen leaflet (PDF 204 kb)


Domestic abuse

Sadly, the police expect there will be an uplift in the amount of domestic violence and abuse during COVID-19.   If you become a victim of domestic abuse - don't suffer in silence.  There is help and support available.   You can contact:

The Independent Domestic Abuse Service (IDAS).

  • 24hr Helpline 03000 110 110 - see updated information below re. COVID-19
  • Live chat for all 3pm - 6pm Monday to Friday, visit idas.org.uk
  • Live chat for professionals 10am - 12noon Monday to Friday, visit idas.org.uk

This leaflet tells you about the services that IDAS can provide:

IDAS services (PDF, 1 page, 94kb)

IDAS also have some frequently-asked questions about protecting yourself from domestic abuse.

IDAS FAQs leaflet (PDF, 6 pages, 240kb)

Other places that can help:

  • 24hr National Domestic Abuse Helpline 0808 2000 247
  • Rape Crisis 0808 802 9999
  • Sexual Abuse Referral Centre 01904 669339

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Ryedale District Council
Ryedale House
Old Malton Road
Malton, North Yorkshire
YO17 7HH

Email: Contact the Council

Phone: 01653 600666

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