Changes to Shielding Guidance

An overview for those who are clinically ‘extremely vulnerable’ to COVID-19.

There have been lots of changes and we know it is confusing and you may be concerned. Here are the key points:

CURRENTLY: You can exercise outdoors with members of your household, or with one other person if you live alone.


  • You can meet in a group of up to 6 people outdoors including people from different households, maintain social distancing
  • You no longer need to socially distance within your household
  • Shielded people who live alone, or who are single parents, can form a ‘support bubble’ with one other household. This means you can act as one household and can stay overnight without needing to socially distance

FROM 1st August: Shielding will be paused*

  • You need to keep strict social distancing but can go out to more places e.g. supermarkets
  • You can return to work if you are unable to work from home, provided your business is COVID-safe
  • Children can return to education
  • You should minimise contact with others outside your household / bubble

Please note – we are anticipating further information so you can get  individualised risk advice.

The virus has not changed and you remain vulnerable to covid-19.                 Therefore the key messages remain the same:

  • THINK HANDS:  Regular hand washing, use alcohol gel if no water is available
  • THINK FACE:   Avoid touching your face and wear face-coverings in enclosed spaces
  • THINK SPACE:   Keep 2m social distance

Finally, it is important that you do not ignore symptoms that may need medical attention, we are here for you.