01 Jun 2020

The government has updated the guidance for people who are clinically extremely vulnerable to Covid-19 and have been advised to shield. The update comes into effect from today - Monday 1st June.

The advice for people identified as clinically extremely vulnerable is that they should continue to shield until at least the 30 June but from Monday 1 June, they can spend a short period of time outdoors each day with members of their household, still maintaining a 2 metre distance from others.

If the shielded person lives alone, the government is advising they can meet one other person from a different household, maintaining strict social distancing. The advice is that this be the same person each time.

Guidance remains the same - Apart from going outside once per day, a shielded person should continue to avoid all non-essential face to face contact. This means they should still not go shopping or to pharmacies.

The support for shielded people remains in place and unchanged.

The full updated guidance can be found here. 

The government has also confirmed that it will be reviewing shielding guidance alongside wider changes to social distancing, including plans to write to those on the shielding patients list with information about next steps on shielding after the next review on 15 June.