While there has been a significant relaxation the Goverment still advises some people a should shield until at least the end of July if they:
- Are Over 70,
- Have certain medical conditions that make them extremely vulnerable
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Since the 6th July Shielding means:
- you no longer need to socially distance from people you live with
- if you want to, you can meet in a group of up to 6 people outdoors, including people from other households.
- If you wish to spend time outdoors (though not in other buildings, households, or enclosed spaces) you should take extra care to minimise contact with others by keeping 2 metres apart.
- you may also form a ‘support bubble’ with one other household if you want to, but one of the households in the ‘support bubble’ should be a single adult household (either an adult living alone or with children under 18 only). You can all spend time together outside and inside each other’s homes, including overnight, without needing to socially distance.
- the government support offer has been extended: you can still get a food box, care and/or medicine delivery until 31 July if you want them, and have registered online by 17 July (see below)
All being well shielding will end on the 1st August. This will mean that food parcels will end. However the home deliver of prescription and priority slot at Supermarkets will continue.
You may still be at risk of severe illness if you catch coronavirus, so stay at home as much as you can and continue to take precautions when you do go out. You can do this by washing your hands regularly, avoiding touching your face and keeping 2 metres (6 feet) away from people outside of your household or bubble wherever possible. Where it is not possible to keep 2 metres (6 feet) apart keep at least 1 metre (3 feet) apart and where a face cover (this need not be a medical mask but could be a scarf etc) .
There are a couple of interconnected schemes specifically designed to help people who need to shield: one is run by the central Government, and the other is run by Tower Hamlets.
By registering with central Government you will be able to gain access to assistance from central and Local Government. This includes a free food box of basic provisions, and the delivery of prescriptions. It also gives you priority in getting food deliveries from supermarkets. Unless you have already been contacted and have received a letter advising you to ‘shield,’ you can register by clicking the button above. You will need your NHS number.
Many local authorities including Tower Hamlets have a registration system to get support. While there is some cross referencing with the central Government system, it is wise that you register with Tower Hamlets as well. They will refer you to other agencies that can help with shopping and prescriptions.
You can register by clicking the button below. Alternatively you can contact the council on: 020 7364 3030 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org