Clinically extremely vulnerable people are now being advised to shield until 31 March 2021 with more people being added to the list.
COVID-19 case numbers are now very high and rising rapidly across the country, driven by the new variant of COVID-19.
Everyone in England, including those who are clinically extremely vulnerable, is required to follow the new national lockdown guidance, which has been set out by the government and applies to the whole population. These restrictions:
- Require people to stay at home, except for specific purposes.
- Prevent people gathering with those they do not live with, except for specific purposes.
- Close certain businesses and venues.
- Support children and young people to learn remotely until 8 March at the earliest, except for vulnerable children and the children of critical workers who may still attend school.
The new information below includes additional guidance for clinically extremely vulnerable people, to help protect you from COVID-19. We will also write to you with a version of this guidance.
These new formal shielding measures will apply across the whole of England during the period of national lockdown.
Guidance for clinically extremely vulnerable people is available online at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19. You are strongly advised to follow these extra measures to keep yourself safe.