With the risk of catching coronavirus steadily decreasing, the UK Government announced changes to the future of the shielding programme. From 6 July those shielding will be able to meet outdoors, in groups of up to six people from outside their household, with social distancing:
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, many people will no longer need to shield, and the advice will be that you can visit shops and places of worship, but you should continue to maintain social distancing whenever possible. You can find the full guidance on the GOV.UK website.
You should shortly receive a letter from your GP or Specialist Centre advising you of these changes. Please do not hesitate to contact Jackie Imrie if you have any questions about your own level of risk as people are encouraged to spend more time outdoors, and to gradually return to normal activities, school and the workplace.
We understand how challenging it has been for many of our families who have had to shield over the past few months, and we also appreciate how anxious they may be about the changes to the guidance – as well as what this may mean for them. Please keep in mind that we are here to support you should you need any further help explaining the latest shielding guidance over the coming weeks.