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14.10.2020

Updated guidance for people who are clinically extremely vulnerable from COVID-19

The Government has publish updated guidance for everyone who has been identified as clinically extremely vulnerable to COVID-19.

The guidance:

  • Replaces previous guidance
  • Provides advice based on the local COVID-19 alert.
  • Provides general advice that applies to all areas. 

Clinically extremely vulnerable people in England will receive new guidance tailored to where they live. 

Advice by tier- Halton is currently under the ‘Very High’ tier

  • For Local Covid Alert Level – MEDIUM: strictly observe social distancing, meet others outside where possible, limit unnecessary journeys on public transport and work from home where possible, but you can still go to work and children should still attend school. This is on top of restrictions for everyone to only meet in groups of up to six people.
  • For Local Covid Alert Level – HIGH: reduce the number of different people met outside, avoid travel except for essential journeys, work from home where possible and reduce the number of shopping trips made or go at quieter times of the day. You can still go to work if you cannot work from home because all workplaces should be Covid secure, and children should still attend school. This is on top of restrictions for everyone to not meet other households indoors, unless part of a support bubble, and to only meet in groups of up to six people outdoors.
  • For Local Covid Alert Level – VERY HIGH: work from home, in general stay at home as much as possible, and avoid all but essential travel. You should also significantly reduce shopping trips, and if possible use online delivery or ask people in your household, support bubble or volunteers to collect food and medicines. People in these areas are encouraged to still go outside for exercise, and can still go to school and to work if they cannot work from home. The Government recognise that a small number of individuals may require additional support to follow the guidance at this alert level, and they are advised to contact their local authority if they need assistance.
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Shielding advice will not automatically be triggered by an area going into Local Covid Alert Level: Very High, but will be considered as an additional intervention, agreed by ministers under advice from local public health experts and the Chief Medical Officer or DCMO. The Government will write to people in these areas if they are advised to adopt formal shielding again.

 

Support available 

If you need more help with accessing food or medicines, NHS Volunteer Responder are available to assist you. You can contact Halton Borough Council if you need help due to self isolation or being at high risk on 0151 907 8363

 

Government Advice for clinically vulnerable people in very high risk areas 

Socialising inside and outside the home

The rules at local COVID alert level: very high apply to everyone and state that you can only meet friends and family who are not in your household or support bubble in certain outdoor public spaces. You can find a list of these places in the local COVID alert level: very high guidance.

At local COVID alert level: very high, we still advise clinically extremely vulnerable people to continue to go outside for exercise, but to avoid busy areas to minimise the chance of coming into close contact with others. Otherwise, we advise you to stay at home as much as possible.

You may want to maintain social distance within your household if practical.

Work and school

Where at all possible you are strongly advised to work from home, because the rate of transmission of the virus in your area is very high.

If you cannot work from home, and are concerned about going into work, you may want to speak to your employer about taking on an alternative role or change your working patterns temporarily (for example, to avoid travelling in rush hour).

If there is no alternative, you can still go to work. Your employer is required to take steps to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace. Your employer should be able to explain to you the measures they have put in place to keep you safe at work.

Where some employers are not managing the risk of coronavirus, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and local authorities will take action which can range from the provision of specific advice, issuing enforcement notices, stopping certain work practices until they are made safe and, where businesses fail to comply with enforcement notices, this could lead to prosecution.

If you have concerns about your health and safety at work you can raise them with your workplace union, the Health and Safety Executive or your local authority.

All pupils and students should continue to attend education settings at all local COVID alert levels unless they are one of the very small number of pupils or students under paediatric care and have been advised by their GP or clinician not to attend an education setting.

Travel

At local COVID alert level: very high, everyone may continue to travel to venues or amenities which are open, as well as for work or to access education. However, everyone should aim to reduce the number of journeys they make.

In general, we advise clinically extremely vulnerable people to stay at home as much as possible and avoid any travel into or out of a local COVID alert level: very high area.

Going to shops and pharmacies

You are advised to significantly reduce your shopping trips. Where possible, you should consider shopping online. If you do need to go to the shops, try to do so at quieter times and maintain strict social distancing.

You are advised to ask people in your household or support bubble to collect food and medicines for you. If you need more help with accessing food or medicines, NHS Volunteer Responder are still available to assist you.

If you require additional care and support

You should continue to receive care at home, either from professional social care and medical professionals, or from friends and family within your support bubble.

You should continue to access the NHS services that you need, and you should contact the NHS if you have an urgent or emergency care need.

We recognise that a small number of individuals may require additional support to follow the guidance at local COVID alert level: very high. Please contact your local authority if you need assistance.

You should continue to access the NHS services that you need, and you should contact the NHS if you have an urgent or emergency care need.

 

Read advice from Halton Borough Council: https://hbcnewsroom.co.uk/coronaadvice/  

 

If formal shielding is introduced in your area, the government will write to you setting out how you can access support, for example, with food, medicines and care.

 

To find out more visit https://www.gov.uk/…/guidance-on-shielding-and…