Government suspends shielding
People who have been shielding during the Covid-19 pandemic have been told that they no longer need to do so, at least for the time-being.
The Government has said that from the beginning of August those who are “clinically extremely vulnerable” can go out.
That means they may:
- go to work if it is Covid-secure, but should carry on working from home wherever possible
- shielded children can return to school or nursery
- go outside but you should keep overall social interactions low
- go shopping and eat out while following social distancing rules
Please continue to wash your hands carefully and more frequently than usual and ensure that you maintain thorough cleaning of frequently touched areas in your home and workplace.
The changes mean that people who have been shielding will no longer receive free food parcels, medicine deliveries and basic care from the National Shielding Service.
However, you will still be able to get:
- local volunteer support which can be organised by Haringey Council
- prescriptions, essential items and food you buy delivered by NHS Volunteer Responders
- priority slots for supermarket deliveries (if you previously registered for free food parcels)
This guidance may change if the number of cases goes up.
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