Most of the people we support will now have heard the terms Social Distancing and Self Isolation, and may be confused by what that means. 

Self-Isolation means that you have to stay at home because you, or someone in your household, has symptoms of coronavirus. This is necessary to stop the spread of the disease.

Social Distancing means limiting your contact with other people, in order to stop the spread of the disease. The UK Government has now told everyone that we cannot leave our homes unless it is absolutely essential to do so and that people should remain at least 2 metres away from other people when they do leave their homes. It's important that people we're supporting understand that the Police will have the powers to enforce this. 

The people we support may be struggling to isolate and social distance for many reasons.  Here are some tips to help you think about what might be going on for them and how to encourage people to stay in and stay safe.

Encouraging people to social distance

This is a useful video to help people we support to understand the importance of social distancing:

Social Distancing Video

This graphic from the BBC could also be useful to show to people we support to help them to understand what they can and can't do and what the potential consequences are. 

Helping to Slow the Spread of the Virus

You can also find useful information on social distancing on the Public Health Wales website here, including guidance in multiple languages: