Am I safe to go to the cinema or a football match? COVID-19 spreads through close sustained contact with someone who has the virus (for instance being within 2 metres of someone for longer than 15 minutes). The Government's latest advice is to follow stringent social distancing measures and avoid social gatherings. With an immune-suppressed system, you will be at a greater risk therefore social distancing is very important. Detailed government guidance is available here.