From 1 August, the government will pause shielding unless the transmission of COVID-19 in the community starts to rise significantly.
For people who have been shielding, this means that from 1 August you should:
- Carry on working from home if you can. If you wish to do so, you can now return to work, as long as the business is COVID-safe – you will need to talk to your employer about what measures they have put in place to make sure your work-place complies with the current guidance.
- Children who are clinically extremely vulnerable can return to their education settings (when the rest of their class goes back).
- You may now go outside to buy food, to attend places of worship and for exercise but you should keep 2 metres away from others wherever possible;
- Despite the change in the shielding programme, you should remain cautious and careful while out and about and when you are with other people not from your household. You remain at risk of severe illness if you catch COVID-19, so the advice is to stay at home as much as you can and 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.
There is more detailed guidance from the government on how to protect yourself or someone you know who is clinically vulnerable.
Letters to people who have been shielding
The council has written to everyone in Lambeth who has been identified as clinically extremely vulnerable and had therefore been advised to shield. This letter provides advice on the support which is still available from national and local organisations. A copy of this letter, along with translations into the most common languages spoken in the borough, can be accessed below.