From 6 July, people who were shielding:
- can meet in a group of up to 6 people outdoors, including people from different households, while maintaining strict social distancing;
- are no longer required to observe social distancing with other members of their household; and
- can form a ‘support bubble’ with one other household.
From 1 August, people who were shielding:
- are no longer required to shield and instead are advised to adopt social distancing and to minimise contact with anyone outside their household;
- are able to return to work – if working from home is not an option – on the proviso that the workplace is COVID-19 safe; and
- are able to go and buy food, visit places of worship and exercise whilst maintaining social distancing.
- Children who are clinically extremely vulnerable are able to return to school.
Additionally, food and medicine boxes facilitated by the National Shielding Service will stop as of 1 August.