New Government shielding advice

In March 2020, the Government  published clinical advice for those most at risk from coronavirus, advising them to stay at home until the end of June 2020. 

To support those advised to shield, the Government announced a package of support for clinically extremely vulnerable people. The Government’s shielding support package will remain in place until 31st July 2020 when people will no longer be advised to shield.

From 6 July 2020, the advice to people who are shielding will change

  • Clinically extremely vulnerable people will be able to meet outdoors in groups of up to six people they do not live with, while maintaining social distancing. Read the latest information
  • People who are shielding who live alone or in a single-parent household can create a ‘support bubble’ with one other household, following the same rules that apply to the public now. Read the latest information

From 1 August 2020, those shielding can visit shops, places of worship and outdoor spaces

  • Visit gov.uk to find out what the current guidance is for clinically extremely vulnerable people.
  • From 1 August, people who are shielding will be able to return to work if they cannot work at home. For anyone concerned about returning to work once the guidance has eased, we recommend they speak to their employer and understand their specific policies around health and safety and workplace attendance, especially in relation to COVID-19.  

For anyone who has concerns around this new guidance (who is an extremely vulnerable person who has been shielding and has received the Government letter), we would advise that you speak to your GP in the first instance or your hospital Consultant if you receive specialist care from the hospital.

shielding poster in easyread

Please see below visual timeline

Visual timeline for shielding