The government has updated its advice to Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (CEV) people who have been shielding. From Thursday 1 April, everyone who is CEV will be advised to follow the same rules as the rest of the population.
The government’s decision is based on the latest scientific data and on the recommendation of the Chief Medical Officer.
As vulnerable residents come out of shielding on 1 April, it’s important that they follow the local Coronavirus guidance to keep themselves as safe as possible:
· Wash hands regularly
· Wear a face covering in all enclosed public spaces
· Keep a distance of 2 metres from anyone you don’t live with
· Work from home where possible
· Only use public transport for essential journeys
· Do not car share with anyone you don’t live with
· Self-isolate if you have symptoms of Coronavirus and book a NHS Test and Trace Test
CEV residents are being advised to take extra precautions, such as continuing to shop online or going out shopping at quieter times, keeping social interactions to a minimum, and continuing to work from home if possible.
Letters are being sent to CEV people from the NHS with the updated guidance covering things like travel, and going to work and school.
Statement from Stephen Gunther, Director for Public Health Walsall
“The clinically extremely vulnerable have had to make made huge sacrifices over the last twelve months –and as they come out of shielding, it is vital that everyone in Walsall follows the safety guidance and adheres to the rules at all times.
“We need to continue to protect each other and every small action helps .You might think you’re not at risk, but one in three people don’t have any symptoms and can spread the virus without even knowing. Everyone who wears a face coverings is making a difference, everyone who makes space on the pavement is making a difference. Please keep going, please think about what you’re doing, and the consequences your actions will have for everyone.
“Although shielding will shortly be paused, I would strongly recommend that those in the clinically and extremely vulnerable category continue to follow the local guidance to keep themselves safe. Even at this stage of the pandemic, and with the continued roll-out of the vaccination programme, COVID-19 is still circulating in the community, so we must all be very alert to the dangers of spreading and catching the virus.
“There is always the potential for the government to reintroduce formal shielding advice if we start to see an increase in positive cases. This would be based on scientific data and recommendations from the Chief Medical Officer.”
“Whilst it is encouraging that the rates of the virus nationally are now low enough for the government to relax shielding advice we must still remain cautious. We must continue to work together and support one another to beat Coronavirus. The end is in sight, but we aren’t there yet.”
There is more guidance on the pausing to shielding from 1 April on the gov.uk website.
The Council website has more information on support for residents – visit https://walsallccg.nhs.uk/directory/making-connections-walsall/