On 22 June Government announced that some restrictions will be lifted for people who are shielding from 6 July. These include:
- Those who are shielding will be able to meet up to 5 other people in outdoor spaces, including those from a different household
- If you are shielding you will also be able to form a support bubble if you or another household live alone.
- You will no longer need to socially distance from people that you live with.
The rest of the guidance for people who are shielding will remain the same and older constituents who are shielding shouldn’t at this stage go to shops or other indoor spaces such as places of worship. Age UK have a helpful grid that explains what the terms around shielding mean and what people who have previously been asked to shield should do. You can access this grid here.
From 1st August the advice to shield will be paused and those considered clinically extremely vulnerable will be advised to adopt strict social distancing measures instead, meaning older constituents who were shielding will be able to go out to shops and see more people but should take care to minimise contact with others outside their household or support bubble.
In the meantime, Age UK’s latest guidance can be found here. This is updated as Government advice changes.