Take note of important changes to ‘shielding’ guidance

Published: Thursday, July 16, 2020

Vulnerable residents are reminded to take note of changes to the Government’s COVID-19 guidance around ‘shielding’.

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Anyone who is clinically extremely vulnerable to COVID-19 has been advised to stay at home as much as possible and keep interactions with people to a minimum. This is called ‘shielding’, and the government is currently advising clinically extremely vulnerable people to shield until July 31 2020.

The Government has made some changes to its guidance for people who are shielding because transmission of COVID-19 in the community has gone down. The changes came into effect on Monday 6 July and mean that:

  • People who are shielding no longer need to socially distance from the people they live with
  • They can meet in a group of up to six people outdoors, including people from other households
  • If they live alone, they can also form a ‘support bubble’ with one other household 

Importantly, the Government has confirmed that people who are shielding will still receive support with food, care and medicine deliveries up to July 31. 

After the July 31, Government food parcels will cease and people are advised to register for a priority supermarket delivery. This will only be allocated to those who have registered online by Friday July 17.

Register here

From August 1, the Government will pause shielding unless the transmission of COVID-19 in the community starts to rise significantly. If there is a significant increase in risk levels in the future, the Government will again write to all people who are clinically extremely vulnerable setting out any changes to advice 

Ahead of further changes to shielding guidance, Wandsworth Council will be making contact with all those who are currently receiving Government food parcels, to check that they have registered for a priority supermarket delivery slot or have plans in place for the end of July. 

If you need help or support when shielding stops contact the council on 020 8871 7707 or email: accessteam@wandsworth.gov.uk