Living safely with others
- How to protect yourself in a shared house or flat
- What to do if someone in your house or flat has coronavirus
In shared flats or houses this can be challenging. You should minimise the time you spend in shared spaces such as kitchens, bathrooms and sitting areas as much as possible and keep shared spaces well ventilated. Ensure regular cleaning of shared spaces, including all surfaces.
You should follow the government guidance and read NHS advice on how to stop germs spreading (external link).
You can also read this guide to help you stay safe and protect yourself from coronavirus (external link) – including what to do if one of you develops symptoms.
Updated government guidance for landlords and tenants makes it clear that the guidance issued to a household with possible coronavirus (external link) applies to tenants of shared properties. If you have symptoms of coronavirus, you should separate yourself from other people in your household wherever possible.
Everyone in your household should take the following steps to reduce the risk of catching COVID-19 or passing it on to others.
- Wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds with soap and water or use hand sanitiser.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a disposable tissue when you cough or sneeze, throw it away promptly and wash your hands. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into the crook of your elbow. Avoid touching your face.
- Regularly clean frequently touched surfaces and shared areas such as kitchens and bathrooms and keep indoor areas well-ventilated by opening windows where possible.
- If you have symptoms of COVID-19 or a positive test result, use a face covering when spending time in shared areas inside your home.
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