Information for shielding residents

The Government’s shielding advice is changing.

From 1 August shielding will be paused. Instead, the Government is advising the adoption of strict social distancing rather than full shielding measures. This is because Government believes that the risk is reduced due to lower levels of coronavirus in the community.

Strict social distancing

Strict social distancing means going to more places and seeing more people but taking particular care to minimise contact with others outside the household or support bubble.

In practice this means that from 1 August:

  • If you are shielding you remain vulnerable and should continue to take precautions and stay at home where possible. If you do go out, you should take extra care to minimise contact with others.
  • You can go outside to buy food, to places of worship and for exercise but you should maintain strict social distancing
  • You can go to work if you cannot work from home, as long as the business is COVID-19 safe.
  • Children who are clinically extremely vulnerable can return to their education settings if they are eligible. Where possible children should practise frequent hand washing and social distancing.