Guidance: COVID-19: guidance on shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable

Department Of Health

November 4
11:00 2020


This guidance is for clinically extremely vulnerable people, with additional information to help protect you from coronavirus (COVID-19). Everyone in England, including those who are clinically extremely vulnerable, is required to follow the new National Restrictions guidance from 5 November.

The easy-read guidance and all translated versions have been removed while being updated.

Published 21 March 2020
Last updated 4 November 2020 +show all updates
  1. Updated guidance in line with national restrictions commencing 5 November 2020. Easy-read guidance temporarily removed and will be updated shortly.

  2. Added updated easy-read guidance.

  3. Added search by postcode link.

  4. Guidance updated regarding local COVID alert levels. Temporarily removed translations, easy-read guide and guidance for young people.

  5. Remove reference to falling case rates.

  6. Updated translated versions.

  7. Added new guidance for young people who are clinically extremely vulnerable and have been shielding.

  8. Updated translations and added Bulgarian, Hindi and Nepali.

  9. Added new version of easy-read guidance.

  10. Added paragraph clarifying the position for travelling to work in local lockdown areas.

  11. Removed out-of-date guidance for young people.

  12. Main guidance updated to include information related to the pausing of shielding.

  13. Added updated translations.

  14. Updated local guidance link to point to Leicester City Council page.

  15. Added link to local lockdowns guidance.

  16. Updated guidance to include clinical risk to children and young people. These changes apply from 6 July 2020.

  17. Updated guidance with changes that apply from 6 July 2020.

  18. Updated guidance on shielding and social distancing.

  19. Easy-read guidance added.

  20. Updated guidance.

  21. Updated guidance for young people to reflect that those who are shielding can now leave their homes.

  22. Updated guidance in line with changes to the regulations which come into force on 1 June 2020.

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