The government has published new advice and guidance to support people who are clinically extremely vulnerable.
If you are in this group you will previously have received a letter from the NHS or from your GP telling you this.
The guidance says that unlike earlier in the year, there are measures in place now that offer protection to those who are clinically extremely vulnerable. They include the rule of six and widespread use of face coverings, for example.
In a statement this week, the government said that they will only reintroduce formal shielding advice in the very worst affected local areas and for a limited period of time.
The government would write to you separately to tell you if you are advised to shield, but unless that happens, you don’t need to.
However, if you are clinically extremely vulnerable, there are sensible measures that you can take – as we all can – to reduce exposure to the virus.