This information is being regularly updated in line with latest Government guidance and advice. The content of this page was checked and updated on 2 April 2020.

The council has been working in partnership with local health and care providers to help ensure they have the latest information and advice. 

Public Health England guidance for social or community care and residential settings is available using this link.

Following updated advice from Government on Monday 23 March people are advised to greatly limit social interaction by staying at home in order to help reduce the spread of the virus. This is particularly important to protect older people and vulnerable adults. Information about who is at a particularly high risk of getting seriously ill with coronavirus is available at

The Government has introduced three new measures:

1. Requiring people to stay at home, except for very limited purposes

2. Closing non-essential shops and community spaces

3. Stopping all gatherings of more than two people in public

Every citizen must comply with these new measures, which came into effect on Monday 23 March. The Government will look again at these measures after three weeks and relax them if the evidence shows this is possible.

Full guidance is available from the Government at:

Guidance on social distancing for everyone in the UK and protecting older people and vulnerable adults

Guidance on rough sleeping and homlessness

Sunderland City Council Housing Options Team Rough sleeping and homelessness advice.

Guidance on domestic abuse

Advice and suport is provided by the 24 hour domestic abuse helpline 0800 066 5555

Advice on what to do if you need urgent police help through the 999 service, but can't speak - Silent Solution Guide