Shielding - the latest advice
If you’re clinically extremely vulnerable you were advised to take extra precautions during the peak of the pandemic in England. This is known as ‘shielding’.
The Government advice is that those who are considered clinically extremely vulnerable should be extra cautious, and if moving between two areas with different risk levels (Tier 1=Medium, Tier 2 = High, Tier 3 = Very High), you should follow the rules that apply to the highest level. As the prevalence of the virus increases so does the need for social distancing and other measures.
Socialising inside and outside the home
- Continue to maintain strict social distancing, in line with your local Tier, wash your hands regularly and avoid touching your face.
- Try to keep the number of social interactions that you have low. The fewer social interactions you have, the lower your risk of catching COVID-19.
- Continue to observe strict social distancing with anyone outside of your household or support bubble. The more you socially distance from others, the less likely you are to catch COVID-19. You do not need to maintain social distancing within your home with members of your household but should stay at least 2 metres away from other people visiting your home.
- If the rules allow you to meet with others outside your household, your risk of catching COVID-19 is lower if you meet them outdoors. If you meet indoors, keep the area well ventilated with fresh air, for example by opening the window.
- Try to reduce the amount of time you spend in settings where you are unable to maintain social distancing, or where other people’s activities may reduce the likelihood of individuals maintaining social distancing.
- you can go outside as much as you like but you should still try to keep your overall social interactions low
- you can visit businesses, such as supermarkets, pubs and shops, while keeping 2 metres away from others wherever possible or 1 metre, plus other precautions
- you should continue to wash your hands carefully and more frequently than usual and that you maintain thorough cleaning of frequently touched areas in your home and/or workspace
Page updated October 12