Here is some advice for Warrington residents living in shared housing - also known as Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs).

Things to consider living in shared accommodation:

  • Follow the Covid-19 hand washing and social distancing advice, which you can find on 'Looking after yourself and others'
  • Frequently clean and disinfect shared objects and surfaces that are regularly touched using your standard cleaning products. For example door handles, fridge door, tv remote and light switches.
  • Limit the time you spend in shared spaces such as kitchens, bathrooms and sitting areas. Keep all shared spaces well ventilated with open windows where possible.
  • If you can, you should use separate bathrooms. Make sure you use separate towels from the other people in your house.
  • If you do share a toilet and bathroom with others, it is important that they are cleaned after use every time.
  • If you have one, use a dishwasher to clean and dry used crockery and cutlery. If you are using your own utensils, remember to use a separate tea towel for drying these and wash hand towels frequently.

If someone in your shared house had Covid-19 symptoms

  • They should stay in their room as much as possible for 7 days.
  • All other household members who remain well, must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.
  • For anyone else in the household who starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for 7 days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14 day isolation period.
  • If you do share a toilet and bathroom with others, it is important that they are cleaned after use every time (for example, wiping surfaces you have come into contact with). Consider drawing up a rota for bathing, with the symptomatic person using the facilities last and then thoroughly cleaning the area and opening the windows.
  • You should avoid using the kitchen while the symptomatic person is present. If possible they should be spending the majority of their time in their own room including taking meals back to eat. Set aside utensils for only the symptomatic person to use, wash them using your usual washing up liquid and warm water and dry them thoroughly.


Need help?

For further information, contact the Private Sector Housing Team at