Changes to 'shielding' arrangements

The Government has announced that rules for people who are classed as 'clinically extremely vulnerable', or shielding, are likely to be relaxed from 6th July, with further changes from 1st August. 

Changes to 'shielding' arrangements

shieldingThe Government has announced that rules for people who are classed as 'clinically extremely vulnerable', or shielding, are likely to be relaxed from 6th July, with further changes from 1st August. 

For now, the guidance remains the same – stay at home and only go outside to exercise or to spend time outdoors with a member of your household, or with one other person from another household if you live alone, respecting 2 metre social distancing at all times.

But the Government has said the guidance will change on 6th July and again on 1st August, subject to clinical evidence.

Around 13,000 Rotherham residents were advised to stay at home as lockdown began, because they were identified as being at particularly high risk of needing hospital treatment for coronavirus symptoms.

People on the shielding list include solid organ transplant recipients, cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy, pregnant women with heart disease and people with severe respiratory conditions, such as cystic fibrosis and severe asthma.

Shielding and other advice to the clinically extremely vulnerable has been and remains advisory. Those affected by the changes will recieve a letter from the Department of Health.

What are the proposed changes?

From 6th July, the guidance will change so those shielding can meet in groups of up to six people from outside their household – outdoors with social distancing. For example, this could be a summer BBQ outside at a friend’s house, but remember it is still important to maintain social distancing and people should not share items such as cups and plates.

For those that live alone (or are a lone adult with dependent children under 18), they will be able to form a support bubble with another household.

From 1st August, people will no longer need to shield, and the advice will be that they can visit shops, places of worship and go to work if they can do safely and if they can continue to maintain rigorous social distancing.

Further details on the new shielding arrangements

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