Were you Shielding?

The Government has published updated guidance for everyone who has been identified as clinically extremely vulnerable to COVID-19.
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Information taken from gov.uk and last updated 15/10/2020

Advice by Tier

For Local Covid Alert Level - MEDIUM:

  • Strictly observe social distancing
  • Meet others outside where possible
  • Limit unnecessary journeys on public transport
  • Work from home where possible
  • Children should still attend school

This is on top of restrictions for everyone to only meet in groups of up to six people.

For Local Covid Alert Level - HIGH:

  • Reduce the number of different people met outside
  • Avoid travel except for essential journeys
  • Work from home where possible
  • Reduce the number of shopping trips made or go at quieter times of the day
  • Children should still attend school
  • This is on top of restrictions for everyone to not meet other households indoors, unless part of a support bubble, and to only meet in groups of up to six people outdoors

For Local Covid Alert Level - VERY HIGH:

  • Work from home
  • In general stay at home as much as possible
  • Avoid all but essential travel
  • You should also significantly reduce shopping trips, and if possible use online delivery or ask people in your household, support bubble or volunteers to collect food and medicines.
  • People in these areas are encouraged to still go outside for exercise
  • Children can still go to school

The Government recognise that a small number of individuals may require additional support to follow the guidance at this alert level, and they are advised to contact their local authority if they need assistance.

What About Shielding?

Shielding advice will not automatically be triggered by an area going into Local Covid Alert Level: Very High, but will be considered as an additional intervention, agreed by ministers under advice from local public health experts and the Chief Medical Officer or DCMO.

The Government will write to people in these areas if they are advised to adopt formal shielding again.

Read the full guidance

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