Advice for people shielding
If you have been shielding because you are considered clinically extremely vulnerable, the Government is advising that you can start to resume normal activities from 1 August 2020.
From this date, you can start visiting shops and places of worship again. However, it is important that you maintain a good social distance from those around you.
Food packages and medicine deliveries
If you have been receiving Government food boxes and medicine deliveries, you will continue to receive these until the end of July 2020.
You will still be eligible for priority delivery slots with your local supermarket, as long as you have registered online with them before 17 July 2020.
NHS Volunteer Responders will also continue to offer support to those who need it, including collecting and delivering food, medicines and other essential supplies.
To arrange for help from someone in your local area, call NHS Volunteer Responders on 0808 196 3646 (8am to 8pm)
A carer or family member can also do this on your behalf. For more information visit the NHS Volunteer Responders website
Help coming out of shielding
If you are concerned about how you return to a more normal way of life, the NHS Volunteer Responders Scheme now offers a Check in and Chat Plus service.
Volunteers can provide reassurance, advice and companionship through this period of readjustment.
To access the Check in and Chat Plus service, call 0808 196 3646 (8am to 8pm).
If you have ongoing social care needs, you can continue to contact us
You can continue to have visits to your home from carers or family members unless they have any of the symptoms of coronavirus (a new continuous cough, a high temperature, or a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell).
If you are clinically extremely vulnerable, you should continue to access the NHS services you need. They may be delivered in a different way, or in a different place, to normal - for example via an online consultation. If you do need to go to hospital or attend another health facility for planned care, extra planning and protection will be put in place before your visit.
Returning to work
If you have been shielding, you will continue to be eligible for Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) until the 31 July 2020.
From 1 August 2020, if you need to work you but are unable to work from home, you can return to your place of work - as long as the business is COVID safe.
The Government is asking employers to work with them to help ease their shielded employees back into work. It is important that you continue to take careful precautions, and your employer should do all they can to enable you to work from home where this is possible. This could include moving you to another role or providing the safest onsite roles that enable you to maintain social distancing.
If employers cannot provide a safe working environment, they can continue to use the Job Retention Scheme for shielded employees who have already been furloughed.