‘COVID 19 Shielding update 26th June 2020’
Following the government announcement on 23rd June 2020 we would like to advise all of our patients who are shielding that the shielding program is planned to be paused on 31 July.
From the 6th July you may, if you wish, meet in a group of up to 6 people outdoors, including people from different households, while maintaining strict social distancing. You no longer need to observe social distancing with other members of your household and in line with the wider guidance for single adult households (either an adult living alone or with dependent children under 18) in the general population, you may from this date, if you wish, also form a ‘support bubble’ with one other household. All those in a support bubble will be able to spend time together inside each other’s homes, including overnight, without needing to socially distance.
Unless there is a significant rise in cases its is expected the shielding program to be paused on 31 July.
In practice this means that from 1 August:
• You can go to work, if you cannot work from home, as long as the business is COVID-safe.
• Children can return to their education settings if they are eligible.
• You can go outside to buy food, to places of worship and for exercise but you should maintain
strict social distancing.
• You should remain cautious as you are still at risk of severe illness if you catch coronavirus, so the advice is to stay at home where possible and, if you do go out, follow strict social distancing.