Shielding advice is due to change again from the 1 August

From 1st August, the Government’s advice will be that you no longer need to shield. Instead the advice will be to adopt strict social distancing. This means that you should take particular care to minimise contact with others outside your household or support bubble.


It also means:

  • You can go to work, if you cannot work from home, as long as the business is COVID-safe;
  • Children who are clinically extremely vulnerable can return to their education settings if they are eligible and in line with their peers. Where possible children should practise frequent hand washing and social distancing;
  • You can go outside to buy food, to places of worship and for exercise but you should maintain strict social distancing; and
  • You should remain cautious as you are still at risk of severe illness if you catch Coronavirus, so the advice is to stay at home where possible and, if you do go out, follow strict social distancing.

Go to the government’s advice on shielding


Will there be changes to the support I receive?

Am I still classed as ‘clinically extremely vulnerable?

Why is the advice changing?

Find out about these and other frequently asked questions here


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