Changes to ‘shielding’ guidance
Vulnerable residents are reminded to take note of changes to the Government’s COVID-19 guidance around ‘shielding’.
Anyone who is clinically extremely vulnerable to COVID-19 has been advised to stay at home as much as possible and keep interactions with people to a minimum. This is called ‘shielding’, and the government is currently advising clinically extremely vulnerable people to shield until 31 July 2020.
The Government has made some changes to its guidance for people who are shielding because transmission of COVID-19 in the community has gone down. The changes came into effect on Monday 6 July and mean that:
• People who are shielding no longer need to socially distance from the people they live with
• They can meet in a group of up to six people outdoors, including people from other households
• If they live alone, they can also form a ‘support bubble’ with one other household
Importantly, the Government has confirmed that people who are shielding will still receive support with food, care and medicine deliveries up to 31 July.
After the 31 July, Government food parcels will cease and people are advised to register for a priority supermarket delivery. This will only be allocated to those who have registered online by Friday 17 July.