Updated 4 August 2020
After months of shielding at home, thousands of people in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough who are most at risk of coronavirus - are no longer required to self-isolate.
The Government says people in England do not need to shield at the moment because rates of transmission in the community have fallen significantly.
Instead the advice is to adopt strict social distancing and minimise contact with others outside your household or support bubble.
However, if transmission rates rise in your community, you could be advised to shield again.
Shielders' names will be kept securely listed by NHS Digital and the government will write to you and advise you to stay at home and shield if necessary.
What has changed
- you do not need to follow previous shielding advice
- you can go to work as long as the workplace is Covid-secure, but should carry on working from home wherever possible
- clinically extremely vulnerable children should attend education settings in line with the wider guidance on reopening of schools and guidance for full opening: special schools and other specialist settings
- you can go outside as much as you like but you should still try to keep your overall social interactions low
- you can visit businesses, such as supermarkets, pubs and shops, while keeping 2 metres away from others wherever possible or 1 metre, plus other precautions
- you should continue to wash your hands carefully and more frequently than usual and that you maintain thorough cleaning of frequently touched areas in your home and/or workspace
- you will no longer receive free food parcels, medicine deliveries and basic care from the National Shielding Service
You will still be able to get
- local volunteer support by contacting your local authority
- prescriptions, essential items and food you buy delivered by NHS Volunteer Responders
- priority slots for supermarket deliveries if you previously registered for free food parcels.
Tell us about your experience of care while shielding
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Will there be changes to the support I receive?
Food and medicine boxes facilitated by the National Shielding Service have stopped as everyone can visit shops and pharmacies.
Other forms of support – such as priority supermarket delivery slots and the NHS Volunteers Scheme, amongst a range of local volunteer schemes – will continue.
Cambridgeshire County Council have got more guidance on their website about what support will be available once shielding is paused.
Am I still classed as ‘clinically extremely vulnerable?
Yes. The categorisation of ‘clinically extremely vulnerable’ will remain in place and people in this group should continue to follow the guidance, available here.
Will I be told to shield again?
After 1 August the Government will continue to maintain the Shielded Patient List. The Government will monitor the virus continuously over coming months and if it spreads too much, you may be advised to shield again.
Shielding guidance has been and continues to be advisory.