In England, people have to shield until the end of June and this date will be reviewed. Sturgeon 'optimistic' about easing lockdown further. Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced that shielding advice will also be lifted in Scotland from August 1, while shielding advice will remain until August 16 in Wales. She said figures such as there being no deaths of people who tested positive for the virus recorded in the past week – meaning the toll remains at 2,491 – and only one in the past 15 days show the “incredible progress” made since the country went into lockdown. Covid-19 in Scotland: How many cases are there? First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has asked people in Scotland shielding due to health conditions to continue to do so until the end of next month.. … She … The levels of infection in the community are now significantly lower than they were in … Published: 12:03, 23 July 2020 | Updated: 14:50, 23 July 2020. News alerts Sign me up for news alerts. Ms Sturgeon said her advisers have told her shielding will be able to be “paused” from August 1, with those in the category able to follow the guidance for those who are at higher risk from the virus, such as the elderly. Support such as free weekly grocery boxes and priority home delivery from supermarkets will continue, the first minister said. “The reason that we can pause shielding, hopefully at the end of next week, is because all of us have stuck to the guidance so far – and all of us need to continue to do that in order that we continue collectively to protect those at risk.”. From Friday, they will be able to meet up to eight people from two different households indoors, as well as four different households outdoors. Last week, Nicola Sturgeon extended that, telling them that they would need to shield until the end of July. Shielding changes do not apply in Scotland, says Freeman; Those in groups who are “shielding” at home from coronavirus will be asked to keep doing so until the end of July, the First Minister has announced. The Belfast Telegraph is a member of IPSO and subscribes to its Editors' Code of Practice Scotland extends shielding advice until end of July The Scottish Government has this afternoon extended its shielding advice for people living in Scotland until 31 July. SHIELDING is a strategy implemented by the Government to help protect the most vulnerable during the COVID-19 pandemic. At the moment, shielding has been extended until 31 July. Shielding guidance in most of England and Scotland comes to an end today, with big changes to daily life for 2.2 million people told to stay indoors to protect them from the virus Shielding to be paused in Scotland from 1 August The shielding group in Scotland has covered those at greatest risk of becoming seriously ill or dying if they become infected with Covid-19. "We are, however, likely to amend our current guidance so that from next week you can go out to exercise.". Coronavirus shielding to end in Scotland from August 1 By PA Scotland political reporters . Read about our approach to external linking. Changes to shielding advice. The Government has confirmed that shielding for people at risk will officially and conclusively come to an end on August 1. .css-14iz86j-BoldText{font-weight:bold;}The shielding of those who are most at risk if they become infected with Covid-19 should continue until 31 July, the first minister has said. In Scotland, the advice is to keep shielding until “at least 31 July 2020”, but further updates are expected. Coronavirus: Nicola Sturgeon 'optimistic' about easing lockdown rules further, Hundred-year-old whisky bottles found in house walls. Children who are shielding will be able to go back to school and adults will be able to return to work if it is deemed safe to do so. If you were shielding in the past, you can now follow the same advice as everyone else in your local council area’s protection level.You can also choose to follow the extra advice for people at highest risk from coronavirus.. Whatever level you are in, you should strictly follow 2 metre physical distancing and hand washing measures. A SMS Shielding Service has been set up for the latest updates about shielding. This guidance is for everyone who has been identified as clinically extremely vulnerable. The shielding programme is paused for England and Scotland, but will continue for the areas where extra precautions have been introduced. It has also announced that in the coming weeks – if infection rates are low enough – advice regarding exercise for people who are shielding will change to allow this group to go outside for daily exercise from 18 June. People in Scotland who are shielding due to being classed as at higher risk from coronavirus will no longer need to from August 1, Nicola Sturgeon has announced. “Given that the virus can have a long incubation period, intensive work is still ongoing in order to ensure that all possible chains of transmission are being closed down,” she said. Employers will have to ensure it is safe for a shielding person to return to work, although it remains Scottish Government guidance that working from home should be the default position if possible. The First Minister sent a “sincere and heartfelt” thanks to those who are shielding. Last week, the First Minister announced that 180,000 shielding Scots will have to stay in isolation until July 31. Shielding might be paused from 31 July Nicola Sturgeon says that the Scottish Government hopes to relax the rules around shielding from July 31. Deliveries of weekly grocery boxes to people shielding will continue until the end of July. The Scottish government's original advice was to shield until 18 June, but this has now been extended until "at least" the end of July. The original advice was to shield for at least 12 weeks, which comes to an end on 18 June. The Scottish government's original advice was to shield until 18 June, but this has now been extended until "at least" the end of July. .css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:link{color:inherit;}.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:visited{color:#696969;}.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:link,.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:visited{-webkit-text-decoration:none;text-decoration:none;}.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:link:hover,.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:visited:hover,.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:link:focus,.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:visited:focus{color:#B80000;-webkit-text-decoration:underline;text-decoration:underline;}.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:link::after,.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:visited::after{content:'';position:absolute;top:0;right:0;bottom:0;left:0;z-index:2;}Coronavirus: Nicola Sturgeon 'optimistic' about easing lockdown rules further, Vice-President Pence gets Covid jab live on TV. 'Banshee, shrew': An angry song wants women to be seen, .css-q4by3k-IconContainer{display:none;height:1em;width:1em;vertical-align:-0.125em;margin-right:0.25em;}playHundred-year-old whisky bottles found in house walls. 23/07/2020. Why shielding is important to stop the spread of coronavirus and who is most affected . Gail MacColl Jarrett obituary. She added: "I promise you, we are not going to forget about you between now and the end of July.". The First Minister also revealed some further easing on restrictions for people in this category from Friday, including enabling them to meet more people both indoors and outdoors. Initially, the Scottish government asked people to shield until 31 July. When will shielding end? We have promised that our advice on shielding must be right for Scotland and based on the evidence. The Scottish government said the guidance on shielding would be kept under review with changes only being made when it was "safe to do so". People with specific pre-existing health conditions, considered to be in the most at-risk groups to coronavirus, were initially asked to shield for a period of 12 weeks. Shielding will no longer be required at all after July, he said, and from 1 August, guidance will be relaxed so even extremely vulnerable people will be able to return to work. .css-1xgx53b-Link{font-family:ReithSans,Helvetica,Arial,freesans,sans-serif;font-weight:700;-webkit-text-decoration:none;text-decoration:none;color:#FFFFFF;}.css-1xgx53b-Link:hover,.css-1xgx53b-Link:focus{-webkit-text-decoration:underline;text-decoration:underline;}Read about our approach to external linking. We know that you might still be anxious, so we: are using our text messaging service to send you updates and alert you when there is increased risk in your area – to sign up send your CHI number (at the top of your shielding letter) to 07860 064525; encourage you to download the new Protect Scotland app to help us stop coronavirus from spreading again So when is the 12-week isolation up? However, Nicola Sturgeon said the group would be able to go outside for exercise from 18 June. There are about 180,000 people in Scotland who are shielding because they are at the greatest risk of becoming seriously ill or dying from the virus. She added: “That has been incredibly tough and it’s easy for me to say that but the reality is I actually find it hard to fully imagine just how difficult it has been. © 2020 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Those who are affected will receive a letter from the chief medical officer explaining the latest guidance. Addressing those who have been shielding throughout lockdown due to an underlying health condition, she said it has been “incredibly difficult” and there could be “very real” damage done to the mental health of those in that category. All the adults living in both households should agree to form the extended household. By PA News. © BelfastTelegraph.co.uk, Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Situation is 'dire' says O'Neill after Executive agrees six-week lockdown starting on Boxing Day, NI six-week Covid shutdown: What is happening, Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Schools to reopen in first week of January, Weir confirms, Pro-IRA singing row: Armagh's Camogie Board issues apology, Christmas Eve memorial service for two IRA bombers ‘distasteful’, Philip praises teachers for efforts during the year, Hospitals across south-eastern England cancel treatments as Covid cases rise, Care home resident meets great-grandchild for first time in Covid-secure reunion, ‘Significant difficulties’ remain in Brexit trade deal talks – Micheal Martin, Shambles at Stormont shows world how not to handle a pandemic, The Belfast Telegraph is a member of IPSO and subscribes to its Editors' Code of Practice. "I'm afraid therefore that our recommendation at this stage is that you should continue to shield until 31 July. "There was an administrative error in a portion of the letters, which was corrected," the first minister said. Addressing the shielding group directly during her daily briefing, Ms Sturgeon said: "Despite the progress that has been made in reducing levels of Covid in the community, the virus still poses a very significant threat to you. In Scotland, shielding remains in place until at least July 31, with more advice and communication expected from Nicola Sturgeon in the coming days. Coronavirus shielding to end in Scotland from August 1. The First Minister announced 16 new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed in Scotland in the past day – 0.4% of those tested – taking the total 18,500. Swiss count cost of surge in Covid deaths. “Shielding and shielding people demonstrate, perhaps more powerfully than anything does, just how all of us are dependent right now on each other’s actions. Mr Pence after he receives his first dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine Minister announced 180,000... 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