Monday 22nd June 2020
The Department of Health and Social Care has announced a phased relaxation to shielding guidance in England. From 6 July, people who have been shielding in England can:
- Meet in a group of up to 6 people outdoors, including people from different households, while maintaining strict social distancing;
- In line with the wider guidance for single adult households (either an adult living alone or with dependent children under 18) they can form a ‘support bubble’ with one other household, allowing them to spend time together inside each other's homes, including overnight
- Go outside to buy food, to places of worship and for exercise but you should maintain strict social distancing
- Go to work, if you cannot work from home, as long as the business is COVID-safe
In response to the announced changes in shielding guidance in England, Dr Louise Soanes, Director of Services for Teenage Cancer Trust, said:
“This will be a huge relief for so many vulnerable young people with cancer who have been shielding under the shadow of coronavirus for months. Shielding has had a huge impact, exacerbating feelings of isolation. Being able to go outside more freely and meet friends and loved ones will be welcomed.