Please see below for the latest information about shielding in England:

This information was last updated on 20 July 2020.


What is changing?

The guidance has now changed, so you can meet in groups of up to six people from outside your household. This should be done outdoors and you should maintain social distancing. 

For example, you might want to enjoy a summer BBQ outside at a friend’s house, but remember it is still important to maintain social distancing and you should not share items such as cups and plates.

If you live alone (or are a lone adult with dependent children under 18), you will be able to form a support bubble with another household.

From 1 August, you will no longer need to shield, and the advice will be that you can visit shops and places of worship, but you should continue maintaining rigorous social distancing.

Please click here for more information.

Those who are at very high risk of serious illness from coronavirus (COVID-19) due to underlying health conditions, are being advised to take extra precautions by ‘shielding’ themselves from others. 

Shielding is a measure to protect people who are clinically extremely vulnerable by reducing interaction with others.
The UK Government has advised that those who are shielding should continue to take precautions but can now leave their homes if they wish. Social distancing rules must be strictly followed. 
This guidance remains in place until 6 July. Please click here for more information about shielding changes.

Please see the shielding letter in Brisith Sign Language (BSL) below:

Yes, If you have a medical condition which makes you extremely vulnerable to coronavirus (COVID-19), you need to register and tell the Government whether or not you need support.

More information about medical conditions which make you extremely vulnerable to coronavirus (COVID-19)
You may have received a letter from the NHS telling you that you’re clinically extremely vulnerable, or been contacted by your GP or hospital clinician. If this has not happened, contact your GP or clinician after you register with this service.
Please register here on the .GOV website.
Please note that it may take time for any support offered through this service to arrive. Wherever possible you should continue to rely on friends, family and wider support to help you meet your needs.
For anyone struggling with support needs, and are unable to get help from family, friends or a local support group due to the Coronavirus outbreak, the council has set up a Community Response Hub as part of Northumberland Communities Together

Please email, or call 01670 620015 between 9am to 6pm, seven days a week.

Find out more information about Northumberland Communities Together here.


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