Stay cool at home

Many people will be spending more time at home than usual this summer, whether that’s because you’re shielding, self-isolating, or working from home instead of an air-conditioned office.

Make sure that you keep your home cool during a heatwave as this will mean you’re more comfortable and can get a better night’s sleep, as well as protecting your health if you have an existing health condition.

Keep rooms cool by using shades or reflective material outside your windows. If this isn’t possible, use light-coloured curtains and keep them closed. Metallic blinds and dark curtains can often make the room hotter.

You can also keep your home cool by only opening windows when the temperature is cooler outside than inside.

Cover up and follow the guidance

When you are out and about, please make sure you continue to follow the government’s Covid-19 guidance.

While it might be slightly more uncomfortable in the warmer weather, it’s still vital you wear a face covering when required. This includes on public transport, in shops and while visiting a hospital, and from Saturday 8 August the list of places where you will need to wear a face covering will grow. Check the latest advice and ensure you’re playing your part to prevent the spread of the virus.

Washing your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds as soon as you get home and maintaining social distancing when you’re out are both also still crucial. Read more about what you can and cannot do.

If you have symptoms of Covid-19, you must immediately self-isolate and ask for a coronavirus test through the NHS or by calling NHS 119. Read more about the Test and Trace programme.