UK Coronavirus shielding advice changes from today - what you need to know last minute news
MetiNews.Com - Clinically extremely vulnerable people no longer need to shield from today - these are the changes from August 1
Breaking News ! The government is pausing its shielding advice from today, August 1, in most areas of England. That means that people who are clinically extremely vulnerable to coronavirus, and have been advised to shield, no longer need to. The change is going ahead despite new lockdown restrictions being implemented in parts of the north. However, anyone currently shielding in Blackburn with Darwen, and some parts of Leicestershire, will need to continue to do so. People identified as clinically extremely vulnerable will have received a message from the government to take extra precautions to prevent catching coronavirus. But from today, the government if lifting restrictions for shielding people in most of England. Back in March, people who were shielding were told to stay at home as much as possible and limit interactions with others to a minimum. Now that the number of cases of coronavirus in the community has lifted, the government has made some changes. Clinically extremely vulnerable people are no longer being advised to shield (Image: Justin Setterfield/Getty Images) From July 6, people who were shielding were advised that they could now spend time outdoors in groups of up to six people, and form a support bubble if they were part of a single adult household. From August 1, shielding will be paused - but the government has advised that it may be reinstated if transmission rates rise again. If you have been shielding, this is what you now need to know: the government will no longer be advising you to shield the support from the National Shielding Service of free food parcels, medicine deliveries and care will stop NHS Volunteer Responders will carry on delivering the food you buy, prescriptions and essential items to you if you need it you will still be eligible for priority supermarket slots (if you have registered by 17 July) you can now go to work, as long as the workplace is COVID-secure – but carry on working from home if you can children who are clinically extremely vulnerable can go back to school (when the rest of their class goes back) you can go outside to buy food, to places of worship and for exercise – keeping two metres away wherever possible Read More Related Articles Why has coronavirus isolation period been extended? Scientists explain why you now need to self-isolate for 10 days Read More Related Articles England had highest excess mortality in Europe in first half of 2020 due to coronavirus, figures show The government is still advising that vulnerable people should take extra precautions to ensure they are safe.
.uk website to those who are clinically extremely vulnerable states: "You may still be at risk of severe illness if you catch coronavirus, so stay at home as much as you can and continue to take precautions when you do go out. "You can do this by washing your hands regularly, avoiding touching your face and keeping two metres away from people outside of your household or bubble wherever possible."
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When the relaxation around shielding was announced back in June, health secretary Matt Hancock thanked those who had been shielding. "I know this has been incredibly tough," he said. "Shielding has involved not leaving your house for months, not seeing people you care about, not being able to wander to the park for some fresh air, or even pop to the shops for something you need. "This sacrifice has been for a purpose, and I want to thank every single one of you. "We knew it was a difficult ask, but these measures have been vital in saving lives. "Now, with infection rates continuing to fall in our communities, our medical experts have advised that we can now ease some of these measures, while keeping people safe." Advice on shielding for areas subject to local lockdown measures can be found on the government website here. Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced that shielding advice will also be lifted in Scotland from August 1, while shielding advice will remain until August 16 in Wales.