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The Health & Social Care Secretary announces advisory guidance for 2.2 million clinically vulnerable people shielding in their homes will be eased

The Health and Social Care Secretary, Matt Hancock announced at the Government’s daily press conference that the advisory guidance for 2.2 million clinically extremely vulnerable people to shield in their homes across England will be eased from Monday 6 July. From this date, those who had been shielding from COVID-19 can gather in groups of up to six people outdoors while maintaining socially distancing and form a ‘support bubble’ with another household.

The Government has said that the shielding support package that shielded people receive will remain in place until the end of July when people will no longer be advised to shield. The announcement was made as the latest scientific advice shows that the rate of infection continues to decline.

From Saturday 1 August, the guidance will be further relaxed so that clinically extremely vulnerable people will be advised that they no longer have to shield. However, support will remain available for them from NHS Volunteers and local councils. Those who need to work and cannot do so from home will also be able to return to work as long as their workplace is COVID-19 secure.

Matt Hancock stated that the Government will be writing to all individuals on the Shielded Patient List with updated information on shielding advice and the ongoing support that will be available to them.

Lisa Ray
General Secretary