Last reviewed 10 September 2020

The Government has launched a new Hands, Face, Space public information campaign to prevent the spread of coronavirus indoors this winter which may be useful to managers undertaking their own ill-health prevention planning in workplaces as the colder seasons begin.

In order to control infection rates and avoid a second Covid-19 peak, the new science-based public information campaign is being launched ahead of the winter months and urges people to continue to:

  • wash their hands

  • cover their faces

  • make space.

As part of the initiative, the spread of coronavirus, particularly in enclosed spaces has been highlighted in a new Government film, produced with experts in the field, which highlights the risk in simple, everyday interactions, such as in supermarkets.

Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty said, “As we approach winter and inevitably spend more time indoors, we need the public to keep following this important advice to control the spread of the virus.

“‘Hands. Face. Space’ emphasises important elements of the guidance we want everybody to remember: wash your hands regularly, use a face covering when social distancing is not possible and try to keep your distance from those not in your household.

“Following these simple steps could make a significant difference in reducing the transmission of Covid-19 and help protect you and your friends, colleagues and family from the virus.”

The campaign will run across TV, radio, print, social and digital display advertising, as well as on community media channels and will be supported by a variety of public and private sector partners throughout the coming weeks.