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Staying Safe in Private Accommodation

Where you are living in private or shared accommodation, it is important that you have a plan in place to look after yourselves and others. 

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  • you should avoid shared spaces as much as possible – including such as kitchens, bathrooms and sitting areas
  • everyone should wash their hands lots of times during the day – do this for 20 seconds, using soap and water or hand sanitiser
  • always cough and sneeze into a tissue – then throw the tissue away and wash your hands
  • in communal areas, try to stay at least two metres away from other people as much as possible
  • think about wearing a face covering when you are in the same room as another member of the household
  • use a different bathroom if possible. If you use the same bathroom clean it each time after you use it. Wipe all surfaces you have touched using strong household cleaner (disinfectant)
  • use different towels
  • do not share a bed
  • do not use the kitchen at the same time
  • clean surfaces that you often touch several times a day with a household cleaner / detergent
  • use a dishwasher – if this is not possible, wash and dry each person’s things separately
  • use a different sponge and tea towel for each person
  • do not shake dirty washing before putting it in the washing machine – if you do not have a washing machine, wait three days after your staying at home period ends before taking it to be washed
  • put rubbish such as tissues and disposable wiping cloths into rubbish bags that are tied shut, then put these bags inside a second bag – you should wait three days before you put them outside for the rubbish collection
  • while you are self-isolating arrange for food and medication to be delivered
  • tell people delivering things to your home to leave them outside and let you know they are there – they must not come into your home
  • do not use taxis or public transport and do not allow social visits from friends and family – use your phone and social media to keep in touch

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