Coronavirus: What does shielding mean now and the new National restrictions from 5th November 2020

Find out more about shielding, who it applies to, and what to do if you're a shielder in Wokingham Borough.
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Changes to shielding advice

From 1 August 2020, people who are clinically extremely vulnerable were advised that shielding has been paused. With the introduction of the three COVID-19 alert levels, the guidance has been updated.

From 13 October

Clinically extremely vulnerable people in England will receive new guidance to help them reduce their risk from coronavirus, tailored to the risk of their local area.

A Very High COVID-19 alert level does not mean you have to shield. Shielding is considered as an additional intervention agreed by ministers under advice from local public health experts and the Chief Medical Officer or Deputy Chief Medical Officer.

The Government will write to people at the highest risk of serious illness in areas of very high infection rates if they are advised to adopt formal shielding again.

New National Restrictions From 5th November 2020

Details of the new national restrictions as detailed by the government can be found in the link below. 

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What support will I be able to access as a 'clinically extremely vulnerable person'?

You will still be able to get:

Go to Governments advice on shielding

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