COVID-19 Sheilding Update

New Coronavirus Advice for Shielded People

In March those most at risk from Coronavirus were advised to stay at home until the end of June. The Government remain committed to supporting this group as long as they are advised to shield.

From the 1st June guidance was relaxed in line with the latest evidence meaning that shielding individuals could choose to spend time outdoors with members of their immediate household, or, if they live alone with one other person from another household.

Next Steps

From 6 July 2020 those shielding will be able to spend time outdoors in a group of up to 6 people including those outside of their household, while maintaining social distancing.

Those who are shielding and live alone or are single parents with children will also be able to create a 'support bubble' with one other household of any size, following the same rules that are already in place for the wider population.

From 1 August 2020, the shielding advice will relax further, allowing those shielding to do even more, such as visit shops and places of worship, provided they take particular care to maintain social distancing and minimise contact with others outside their household. Support will remain in place until end of July.

Key Points:

  • People on the shielded list will receive letters from the Government this week by first class post. (w/c 22/6/20).
  • If receiving food parcels from the Government Scheme, these will cease on the 31st July 2020.
  • If not already registered as needing food support and would like to have access to a priority supermarket delivery slot, individuals need to register on line or by phone before the 17th July 2020 – web site: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus-extremely-vulnerable tel: 0800 028 8327
  • Urgent help can still be sought through the Blaby District Council web site www.blaby.gov.uk or by calling 0116 275 0555
  • The NHS Volunteer Responder Scheme will be available beyond the end of July. Between 8am and 8pm Tel: 0808 196 3646
  • Eligibility for Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) on the basis of shielding status will run until 31st July 2020.
  • People should continue to work from if they can. From 1st August they can return to the work premises as long as the business is COVID19 safe.
  • Employer who cannot provide a safe working environment can continue to use the Job Retention Scheme if the person has already been furloughed.
  • Acas can offer employee and employer advice. Web site : www.acas.org.UK. Contact Helpline: 0300 123 1100.
  • The NHS will maintain a Shielded Patient list which will be updated as decided by a clinician.

Posted: Fri, 26 Jun 2020 13:59 by Elaine Foxon

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