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Social Distancing

Creating safer places in Babergh and Mid Suffolk

To help reduce the spread of COVID-19, the Government is asking everyone to stick to the following guidelines:  

  • HANDS - Wash your hands regularly and for 20 seconds.
  • FACE - Wear a face covering in indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult, and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet.
  • SPACE - Stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place (such as wearing face coverings or increasing ventilation indoors).

The Government has produced a Guide to Face Coverings and where to wear them, which provides additional information. It is now mandatory to wear a face covering inside shops, supermarkets, banks and takeaways as well as on public transport.

If you are meeting with friends and family who you do not live with, it is important that you follow social distancing guidelines and you do not meet in groups of more than six people, regardless of whether you are meeting inside or outside. Read more about how to meet with others safely.

Support for town and parish councils 

We have produced resources to help town and parish councils as they identify requirements in their own areas:

Downloadable posters

We have also created a series of downloadable posters with guidance and reminders to help maintain social distancing:

Babergh District posters

Mid Suffolk District posters

General posters

Latest news

Read the latest 'Safer Places' announcement from the Suffolk Reliance Forum

Additional resources and guidance

Additional resources and guidance about social distancing and preparing to reopen business are available:


If you have any queries about social distancing at your business please call 0300 1234000 and select option 7 or email the Social Distancing team.