People who are at high risk of getting seriously ill from coronavirus, should follow the government advice for shielding.
People who are shielding remain vulnerable and should continue to take precautions but may now choose to leave their home, as long as they are able to maintain strict social distancing. If you choose to spend time outdoors, you may do so with members of your own household. If you live alone, you can spend time outdoors with one person from another household. Ideally, this should be the same person each time.
If you do go out, you should take extra care to minimise contact with others by keeping two metres apart.
From Monday 6 July people who are shielding:
- may meet in a group of up to six people outdoors, including people from different households, while maintaining strict social distancing
- no longer need to observe social distancing with other members of your household
- can follow the wider guidance for single adult households (adults living alone or single parents with children under 18)and may form a ‘support bubble’ with one other household. All those in a support bubble will be able to spend time together inside each other’s homes, including overnight, without needing to socially distance
The government is advising that shielding will be paused from Saturday 1 August.