Many shielders – such as the elderly or people with medical conditions – are going to be able to abide by eased rules from 6 July (Picture: Getty)

Even as England celebrates Super Saturday and the reopening of pubs and restaurants from today, 4 July, the battle against coronavirus isn’t over.

PM Boris Johnson has asked that those able to go out and enjoy the pubs this weekend not undo the hard work done to limit the virus and to not ‘let your country down.’

But what about those considered vulnerable who have been shielding for months?

Who should still be shielding?

Following the official advice of the Government, the Gov.uk page states that shielding guidance has not yet changed, though it is set to be updated on Monday 6 July.

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People who should be shielding will have received a letter informing them of this by the Government.

This includes:

  • People with specific cancers, including lung, blood or of the bone marrow
  • People having immunotherapy or other continuing antibody treatments for cancer
  • people who have had bone marrow or stem cell transplants in the last 6 months, or who are still taking immunosuppression drugs
  • People with severe respiratory conditions including all cystic fibrosis, severe asthma and severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
  • People with rare diseases that significantly increase the risk of infections (such as severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID), homozygous sickle cell).
  • People on immunosuppression therapies sufficient to significantly increase risk of infection.
  • Women who are pregnant with significant heart disease, congenital or acquired.
  • Other people have also been classed as clinically extremely vulnerable.

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What will the new rules for shielding be?

Between 6 July and 1 August, the government is advising that those shielding can stop social distancing from those in their own household, can go and meet in groups of six outdoors and, if eligible, form a support bubble with one other household.

Following this, from 1 August the government will be advising that shielding be paused.

From this date, the government is advising people to adopt social distancing measures rather than full shielding measures.

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Strict social distancing means that, while you may wish to go out to more places and see more people, you should take particular care to minimise contact with others outside your household or support bubble and stay at least one metre away from them.

It is hoped that from August, people can:

  • go to work, if you cannot work from home
  • go back to school (or other education)
  • go outside to buy food, to places of worship and for exercise, following social distancing.

However that, along with all other lockdown rollbacks, is subject to change based on the R rate and updates on cases,

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