Easy read guides to help you stay safe and well
Take a look at the headings below and the links to easy read guides underneath.
Latest government guidance
Clinically extremely vulnerable
Shielding has now ended in England for people who were classed as clinically extremely vulnerable. The latest government guidance for people who were shielding is here https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19
A letter was sent to people who were shielding. The easy read version of the letter is here https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/1030377/End_of_Shielding_Letter_Easy_Read.pdf
See our wepbage about the coronavirus vaccine which includes easy read guides and answers to frequently asked questions.
Doing a test
Rapid lateral flow home test kit instructions https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/instructions-for-covid-19-self-test
PCR home test kit instructions https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/testing-for-coronavirus-at-home
There are different rules for wearing face coverings depending on where you are.
We have created this PDF easy read guide on face coverings rules for people living in England. (Please see separate guidance for people in Northern Ireland (PDF)and Wales.)
People who do not have to wear a face covering
This guidance explains why some people do not have to wear face coverings.(For example; because you have a disability that means you cannot put on, wear or remove a face covering, or because it causes severe distress).
If you do not have to wear a face covering, there are cards (sometimes called "exemption cards") that you can take with you when you go out to help explain why, if someone asks you in public. The cards can also be used to ask someone else to remove their face mask or covering so you can understand them better.
Please use these cards if you need them:
Keeping clean and handwashing
Test and trace
Wellbeing and mental health
Care homes and supported living
How to wash your hands thoroughly
Follow these steps when you wash your hands:
- Wet your hands under warm running water
- Apply a small amount of soap
- Rub your hands together and make sure that the soap and water cover all over your hands
- Carefully wash your palms, the backs of your hands, your fingertips, thumbs, your wrists and nails
- Rinse your hands under running water
- Dry your hands thoroughly.