Home News and views Updated shielding advice
Monday 1 June 2020
Parents have told us of their confusion over the sudden announcement on Saturday night about the updated advice around shielding for children and adults in England.
It is unfortunate that the announcement was rushed out, as this has understandably led to increased anxiety for many families.
It is important to stress that you should do what is best for your family, and what feels most safe and comfortable for you all. But here we summarise the updated guidance in England.
Children and adults who are listed as clinically extremely vulnerable are now allowed to go outdoors once a day in your household group. This should be done while maintaining social distance – keeping two metres apart – from others.
If you or your child is in the clinically extremely vulnerable group you will have received a letter from the government or been told by your GP to shield.
The updated advice for this group is:
If you decide to go outdoors try to pick a time of day when you are less likely to come into contact with others and if possible go to a quiet area.
If you have concerns or questions about this we would advise you to get in touch with your GP or medical professional.
Children and adults in Wales who have been shielding, can exercise outdoors from today (Monday 1 June).
They must stay two metres apart from others outside of their household. They can meet people from another household outdoors while maintaining social distance, as part of an easing of some restrictions for the wider community announced on Friday.
In Scotland and Northern Ireland the advice remains to stay at home, and the devolved governments in those nations will be reviewing their guidance on shielding soon.
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