Vulnerable people who have been self-isolating during the pandemic will no longer need to shield from 1 August.
From 6th July those who are shielding and live alone in England will be able to create a support bubble with one other household of any size.
This follows the ‘social bubble’ rules which were introduced earlier this month for anyone living alone and single-parent households.
People shielding will also be able to meet in groups of up to six outdoors while maintaining social distancing rules.
For those who don’t have any underlying medical conditions, two households of any size will be able to meet indoors or outside and it will be possible to stay overnight. This does not have to be the same set of households. However, meetings of multiple households indoors is not recommended because of the risk of infection.
From 1 August:
Extremely vulnerable people who are most at risk from becoming ill from coronavirus will no longer need to shield in England. That means they can return to work, as long as their workplace is COVID secure.
However, they should still follow social distancing guidelines when outside their homes and wash their hands regularly to reduce the risk of being infected.
As pubs, cafes, restaurants, hairdressers and holiday accommodation start to re-open from 4 July, the 2 metre social distancing guidance will change to “one metre plus” – this means staying one metre apart, while observing precautions to reduce the risk of transmission.
Support packages will remain until the end of July to help people transition.
Free essential food boxes will stop being delivered, but support from NHS volunteers and local councils is still possible. They will still qualify for priority slots for online shopping and will be offered help with medicine deliveries and getting to medical appointments.
The Forum will continue to offer advice, telephone chat calls and IT support.