Guidance on shielding

Guidance for residents at higher risk from coronavirus

Shielding for the clinically extremely vulnerable has been reintroduced under the national lockdown announced on 4 January to control the spread of coronavirus as rates rapidly increase across London and the country. 

In summary, shielding means that you: 

  • Stay at home as much as possible.
  • You are strongly advised to work from home, if you can't then you should not attend work.
  • You can go outside, but try to keep all contact with others outside of your household to a minimum, and avoid busy areas.
  • You can still remain in your support bubble, but you cannot meet with friends and family you do not live with unless they are part of your support bubble. 
  • Do not go to the shops.
  • Do not go to the pharmacy.
  • You can still receive informal care at home from people within your support bubble.

Read the full government guidance on shielding

Get support

If you have been identified as clinically extremely vulnerable to coronavirus, you can register for additional support on the online service to get access to priority supermarket deliveries, ask for someone to contact you about any local support available and to update your details. Register online here. If you have already registered to receive a priority online delivery slot, this will continue and there is no further action required.

All residents who are over 60, vulnerable, clinically extremely vulnerable or have been told to self-isolate by Test and Trace and are worried about how you will source food and essentials, can call the council’s Ealing Together helpline on 020 8825 7170 for advice. If you have already registered to receive a priority online delivery slot, this will continue. We may be able to put you in touch with local volunteers who can collect your shopping you have paid for on your behalf. We can also provide support if you are in financial crisis and cannot pay for food.