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Shielding changes in the UK

From 1 August 2020, The UK Government is pausing shielding unless areas are subject to local lockdown restrictions.

What does that mean and what advice is there?

This means:

  • the government will no longer be advising you to shield
  • the support from the National Shielding Service of free food parcels, medicine deliveries and care is stopping
  • NHS Volunteer Responders will carry on delivering the food you buy, prescriptions and essential items to you if you need it
  • you will still be eligible for priority supermarket slots (if you have registered)

You may still be at risk of severe illness if you catch coronavirus, so stay at home as much as you can and continue to take precautions when you do go out. You can do this by washing your hands regularly, avoiding touching your face and keeping 2 metres away from people outside of your household or bubble wherever possible.

From 1 August, you’ll be advised you could go out to more places and see more people, for example, the advice is:

  • you can go to work, as long as the workplace is COVID-secure – but carry on working from home if you can
  • children who are clinically extremely vulnerable can go back to school (when the rest of their class goes back)
  • you can go outside to buy food, to places of worship and for exercise – keeping 2 metres away wherever possible


Additional NHS guidelines for those at high risk include


  • stay at home as much as possible
  • try to stay 2 metres (3 steps) away from anyone you do not live with when outside your home
  • only meet other people outdoors, in groups of up to 6 – try to stay 2 metres away from each other at all times
  • wash your hands as soon as you get home and often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • get food and medicine delivered and left outside your door – ask friends and family to help or register to get coronavirus support on GOV.UK if you need it
  • try to quit smoking – smoking can make you more likely to get infections like coronavirus and become seriously ill


  • do not have visitors inside your home, including friends and family, unless they're providing essential care
  • do not go into other people's homes – except to use the toilet or get to their garden
  • do not share or pass things to people you do not live with, including food and drinks
  • do not go into any other indoor places, such as shops

We know this is a worrying time for people, who have been following advice for several months 

This information was correct as of 31 July 2020, please see current Government advice which is always changing. 

We hope that you are okay in this uncertain time, and would encourage to share you experiences and worries in the comments, via email or by writing a blog post. Please email

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