What has changed
Whilst the national lockdown has been effective and cases of COVID-19 are now falling, the levels of infection in the community remain high and the virus continues to pose a high risk to people across the country.
Everyone in England, including those who are clinically extremely vulnerable, is required to follow the new national lockdown guidance, which has been set out by the Government and applies to the whole population. These restrictions:
- Require people to stay at home, except for specific purposes.
- Prevent people gathering with those they do not live with, except for specific purposes.
- Close certain businesses and venues.
- Support children and young people to learn remotely until 8 March, except for vulnerable children and the children of critical workers who may still attend school.
The new information below includes additional guidance for clinically extremely vulnerable people, to help protect you from COVID-19. We will also write to you with a version of this guidance.
These new formal shielding measures will apply across the whole of England until at least 31 March.
You can find full information for clinically extremely vulnerable patients here.