Following the government announcement this week that lockdown measures will be easing further for the general population on 4th July, we would encourage ALL our patients to continue to limit social contact and keep to the 2m distance as much as possible. Coronavirus is still in general circulation among the population and there is no cure or vaccine available. The fewer social contacts you have with other people, the safer you will be and the less likely you will be to pass on Coronavirus to someone who may become extremely unwell. Everyone has a role to play to keep themselves and others safe.
Changes to the guidance for Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (“Shielding”) Patients have also been announced this week. If you are in this group you will be receiving a letter directly from the Government this week with full details of the changes and what they will mean for you. This letter also serves as a fitnote for employers. These letters do not come from us and we cannot send them to you.
In brief, if you are in the Shielding group, from 6th July you may:
•Stop observing social distancing with other members of your own household
•Meet in a group of up to 6 people outdoors, socially distanced
•Form a ‘support bubble’ with one other household, without needing to socially distance within that bubble
All the other current shielding advice will remain unchanged.
IF Coronavirus cases continue to fall, from 1st August you may then also:
•Go to work, if you can’t work from home, as long as the workplace is COVID-safe (see above: your letter from the government will serve as a fitnote if this is not the case)
•Go outside to buy food, to places of worship and for exercise
•Children who are shielding can return to educational settings
We are aware of the enormous sacrifices you have had to make over the last few months. However, shielding patients remain extremely vulnerable to the effects of Coronavirus and you should remain cautious, even after 1st August. There will be no change to the advice to stay at home wherever possible and, if you do go out, to follow strict social distancing at all times. As with the general population, the fewer social contacts you have with other people, the safer you will be.
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