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Shielding paused but questions remain for social care employersShielding paused but questions remain for social care employers

The national guidance for the clinically extremely vulnerable in England has been updated. From 1 August, people shielding are no longer advised to shield and can visit shops, places of worship and other venues. They can return to work if their workplace is safe but should carry on working from home where possible, and maintain social distancing where possible and hygiene measures. Where there are local issues, the government will write to those affected when advice is changed. Local measures are recorded here.

With SSP stopping, some people may wish to return to work, but UKHCA notes there is a lack of clear guidance for employers on how they should create a safe working environment for shielded staff in social care. UKHCA has raised this several times with DHSC and is continuing to press the issue. Anthony Collins Solicitors produced a briefing in mid-July with options for employers. Government's Working Safely guidance

There is guidance on accessing food and essential supplies for those formerly shielding. Homecare providers may wish to discuss with people who use their services whether additional support is needed for those who will no longer receive government food boxes and medication deliveries.


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