Shielding information

The view held by the Chief Medical Officers across the UK and shared by Ministers is that the current outbreaks do not warrant the re-introduction of shielding at this time.

Clinically extremely vulnerable people will no longer have to follow the shielding guidance – this means that:

  • you can go to work if you cannot work from home, if the business is COVID-safe. You should work from home where you can.
  • 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 practice 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.

Government advice on shielding and protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable from COVID-19 

You could be advised to shield again if the situation changes and there is an increase in the transmission of COVID-19 in the community.

Your name will be kept securely on the shielded patient list by NHS Digital. We will write to you if the advice changes.

Coronavirus - get emergency help

Provide your details on the online I need help form if you are currently isolated or feeling vulnerable and need support .

Local supermarkets

There are still several supermarkets that offer paid food boxes and delivery slots for vulnerable individuals.