Advice for people who are "shielding"

The Government has set out a roadmap to relax the shielding guidance for the clinically extremely vulnerable in stages. The guidance underwent a major change on 6 July and will change again on 1 August, based on clinical evidence.

Shielding and other advice to the clinically extremely vulnerable has been and remains advisory. 

What are the changes? 

On 6 July the guidance changed so you can now meet in groups of up to six people from outside your household – as long as you remain outdoors with social distancing. For example, you might want to enjoy a summer BBQ outside at a friend’s house, but remember it is still important to maintain social distancing and you should not share items such as cups and plates. If you live alone (or are a lone adult with dependent children under 18), you will be able to form a support bubble with another household. 

From 1 August, you will no longer need to shield, and the advice will be that you can visit shops and places of worship, but you should continue maintaining rigorous social distancing because you are still at risk of severe illness if you catch coronavirus.

You can read full advice for the clinically extremely vulnerable here.

We will monitor the virus continuously over coming months and if it spread too much, we may need to advise you to shield again.