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Guidance on shielding issued to those in Tier 4 areas of EnglandGuidance on shielding issued to those in Tier 4 areas of England

The Government has issued guidance for those shielding in Tier 4 areas of England, similar to that issued in the November lockdown, strongly advising people who are clinically extremely vulnerable (as defined in the guidance) to work from home because the risk of exposure to the virus in their area may be significantly higher.

People can go outside, but should try to keep all contact with others outside of their household to a minimum, and avoid busy areas. They are advised to stay at home as much as possible. People cannot meet with friends and family they do not live with unless they are part of their support bubble, and should try to stay 2 metres away from other people within their household, especially if they display symptoms of the virus or have been advised to self-isolate. The guidance has up to date advice on travel, getting medication, shopping, receiving care and support, and financial support for those shielding.

Letters will be sent to those affected later this week, although DHSC say this may take slightly longer than usual due to Christmas. Template below:

Letter to clinically extremely vulnerable people updated 23 December 2020

Anyone in Tier 4 areas who received the shielding letter in November and whose condition hasn't changed should follow that advice immediately. Letters will also be sent by email.

Guidance on shielding and protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable from COVID-19

Those with more general underlying health conditions or people aged 70 or over are also advised to stay at home as much as possible, to carefully follow the rules and minimise contact. Those who are clinically extremely vulnerable but living in Tiers 1 to 3 should follow existing general guidance. There is no specific shielding guidance for them.


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