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Government announces steps to ease shielding measures

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The government has set out steps to ease the shielding guidance currently in place for the clinically extremely vulnerable.

For now, the guidance remains the same – stay at home and only go outside to exercise or to spend time outdoors with a member of your household, or with one other person from another household if you live alone.

Guidance changes on Monday 6 July

From Monday, 6 July, you can meet in groups of up to 6 people from outside your household – outdoors with social distancing.

For example, you might want to enjoy a summer BBQ outside at a friend’s house, but remember it is still important to maintain social distancing and you should not share items such as cups and plates.

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. You can read about support bubbles on GOV.UK

Guidance changes again on Saturday 1 August

From 1 August, you will no longer need to shield, and the advice will be that you can visit shops and places of worship, but you should continue maintaining rigorous social distancing.

If you are currently shielding or self-isolating and do not have support available from family friends, please reach out – you can use our support page to help you do this

More information

More information on the changes, including why the changes are being made now and how you can continue to access the support you need, is available in the plans to ease guidance on GOV.UK.

You can also find more information on our government and NHS guidance page