Covid-19 shielding for vulnerable people to end on 1 April

Covid-19 shielding for vulnerable people to end on 1 April

From the beginning of next month, those who are classed as being clinically vulnerable will no longer be required to shield.

Although the shielding is ending, vulnerable people – such as those with health conditions like cancer or severe respiratory diseases – are still being advised to take extra precautions whilst the Covid-19 virus continues to spread.

Deputy Chief Medical Officer for England, Dr Jenny Harries, said: “Shielding has always been an advisory measure to safeguard those who are the most clinically vulnerable in our communities. We recognise how difficult this period has been for so many and the impact it has had on people’s wellbeing.

“With the prevalence of the virus in the community continuing to decrease now is the right time for people to start thinking about easing up on these more rigid guidelines.

“If you have been shielding, we strongly urge you to take extra precautions following 1 April to keep yourself as safe as possible, such as continuing to observe social distancing and working from home. We will continue to monitor all of the evidence and adjust this advice should there be any changes in infection rates.”

Everyone is advised to work from home where possible, but if this is not possible, those who were shielding can now attend their workplace from 1 April.

Employers are required to take the necessary precautions to reduce the risk of exposure to Covid-19 in the workplace.

If you are in one of the vulnerable categories and are concerned about the impact of Covid-19 on your health, you are advised to speak to your GP, hospital clinician or to call 111.

If you are still in need of assistance, North East Lincolnshire Council assures they are available for advice and support.

You can call them on 01472 313131.

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