Published on 2 July 2020
Archived on 2 August 2020
There are around 22,000 people in Warwickshire (2.2m nationally) identified as clinically extremely vulnerable who have been advised to stay at home and avoid non-essential face to face contact (shielding).
These are people of all ages - with specific medical conditions identified by senior UK Clinicians - who are at greater risk of severe illness from coronavirus.
In an announcement on Monday 22 June, the Health Secretary advised that, from Monday 6 July, people in this group will be able to spend more time outside their homes with relaxing of the guidance expected to take place on 1 August.
From Monday 6 July people classed as clinically extremely vulnerable to COVID-19 will be able to spend time outdoors in a group of up to six people including those outside of their household, while maintaining social distancing. Those who 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 already in place for the wider population.
From Saturday 1 August, the guidance will be relaxed so these people will no longer be advised to shield and can participate in more activities such as visiting shops and places of worship - whilst following strict social distancing measures and undertaking frequent handwashing.
Also from 1 August, those who need to work, and cannot do so from home, will be able to return to work as long as their workplace is COVID secure, adhering to the Government guidance.
Following relaxation of the shielding guidance, support will remain available from NHS volunteers and local councils although parcels of food and household items will no longer be provided. People will retain their priority for supermarket delivery slots, and still be able to access help with shopping, medication, phone calls and transport to medical appointments.
There are a number of ways that those who are identified as clinically extremely vulnerable can access food and other essentials:
People in the clinically extremely vulnerable group should continue to access the NHS services they need during this time.
Anyone not already in contact with mental health services seeking urgent help for their mental health can visit the NHS.UK 'Where to get urgent help for mental health' webpage, which lists a range of options that can be accessed, including local 24/7 NHS urgent mental health telephone helplines.
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