Shielding - advice for people at high risk from coronavirus (clinically extremely vulnerable)

If you're at high risk (clinically extremely vulnerable) from coronavirus (COVID-19), there are extra steps you're advised to take to protect yourself.

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Guidance on shielding and protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable from COVID-19

These extra steps are called shielding.


  • This advice is for people who have received a letter from the NHS saying they're at high risk.
  • If you're not sure whether you're at high risk, see who's at higher risk from coronavirus.

In England, from 6 July 2020:

  • you do not need to try to stay 2 metres away from people you live with
  • you can meet with 1 other household if you live alone or you’re a single parent who lives alone with your children – this is called a support bubble
  • you can meet outside with people you do not live with, in groups of up to 6 – as long as you stay 2 metres away from each other

People at high risk from coronavirus will no longer be advised to shield from 1 August 2020.

See GOV.UK: plans to ease guidance for over 2 million shielding.

Further advice about shielding can be found here: