Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) has issued updated guidance to Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (CEV) people following the announcement of the new national tiers.
This guidance includes additional precautions covering things like socialising, travel and going to work and school. These are not rules but advice, so you can choose whether you wish to follow them.
Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (CEV) from 2 December
CEV people will receive a letter from Government advising them of the updated guidance. Unlike the guidance that has been in place since 5 November, the Government are no longer advising you to stay away from work or school. However, you should continue to keep the number of social interactions that you have low and try to reduce the amount of time you spend in settings where you are unable to maintain social distancing. This might include gatherings with large numbers of people, especially indoors, because it significantly increases your risk.
In the future, the Government will only reintroduce formal shielding advice in the very worst affected local areas and for a limited period of time. This will only apply to some, but not all, Tier 3 areas and will be based on advice from the Chief Medical Officer. The government will write to you separately to inform you if you are advised to shield. You are not advised to follow formal shielding advice again unless you receive a new shielding notification advising you to do so.
Please make sure your GP has your most up to date contact details, including your home address and, if possible, a personal email address, so that we the Government can contact you quickly in the event that guidance changes in the future.
If you are required to travel into an area in a different tier (for example to go to work or school), you should follow the guidance for whichever area is in the higher tier. For example, if you live in a Tier 1: Medium area but work in a Tier 2: High area, follow the work advice for Tier 2: High. If you live in a Tier 2: High area but work in a Tier 1: Medium area, continue to follow the advice for Tier 2: High areas.
NHS Volunteer Responders are also available to help with things like collecting shopping, medication or other essential supplies and with transport to medical appointments. They can also provide a regular, friendly phone call which can be provided by different volunteers each time or by someone who was previously advised to shield and will stay in contact for several weeks. More information is available at www.nhsvolunteerresponders.org.uk or you can call 0808 196 3646 between 8am and 8pm.
If you or someone you know needs to register for support by phone, or has an urgent need, please contact our COVID -19 helpline on 0300 123 7231 Monday to Friday: 8am until 7pm Saturday: 9am until 12.30pm or email email@example.com. You can also visit Coping with coronavirus (COVID-19) on Live Well Cheshire West.