NEW government advice has been updated for people who are shielding from coronavirus (COVID-19).
The government has relaxed some of the shielding measures to allow those who have been shielding to go out once a day and, if they live alone, to see one person from outside their household. Social distancing must be maintained at all times.
While the initial request was for the most vulnerable people in society to stay at home and cease contact with anyone they don’t live with for 12 weeks, the Government recently extended this Anyone shielding is now asked to continue to do so until 30 June 2020.
People shielding, who are clinically extremely vulnerable or at high risk of getting seriously ill from coronavirus (COVID-19), were notified by letter, text or by a GP or hospital clinician in March or April.
The updated shielding guidance is as follows:
People classed as clinically extremely vulnerable are advised to take additional action to prevent themselves from coming into contact with the virus. If you’re clinically extremely vulnerable, you’re strongly advised to stay at home as much as possible and keep visits outside to a minimum (for instance once per day).
- If you wish to spend time outdoors (but not in other buildings, households, or enclosed spaces), you should take extra care to minimise contact with others by keeping 2 metres apart.
- If you choose to spend time outdoors, this can be with members of your own household. If you live alone, you can spend time outdoors with one person from another household – ideally the same person each time.
- You should stay alert when leaving home – wash your hands regularly and maintain social distancing.
- You should not attend any gatherings, including with friends and families in private spaces – for example, parties, weddings and religious services.
- You should strictly avoid contact with anyone who is displaying symptoms of COVID-19 (a new continuous cough, a high temperature, or a loss of, or change in, your sense of taste or smell).