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The approximately 2.2 million people who have been shielding in England during the pandemic have been told that measures will be relaxed from the 6th July and will be ‘paused’ from the 1st August onwards.

An unknown term pre-lockdown, ‘shielding’ was introduced by the government at the start of the pandemic as a means of protecting those deemed clinically extremely vulnerable at most at risk if they were to catch coronavirus.

Whilst the lockdown measures for the majority of the population seemed restrictive, those told to shield were required to take the most drastic actions during the lockdown to prevent transmission, including being advised to stay in their homes for 12-weeks.

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To aid those clinically extremely vulnerable individuals to stringently self-isolate, the government provided a range of shielding support, including food boxes and medicine deliveries.

On the 1st June, the first changes to the shielding policy were announced as people were informed that they could leave their homes and spend time outdoors with members of their own household or, if they live alone, time with one person from another household.

Now, in the wake of falling coronavirus cases and deaths, the government has confirmed that shielded measures can be further relaxed before eventually being paused at the start of August.

From the 6th of July, people who are shielding have been old they can meet in groups of up to six outdoors, including people from outside their households, whilst those who live alone will also be able to form ‘support bubbles’.

From the 1st of August, the shielding policy will be ‘paused’ and people will no longer need to shield in England.

As the relaxations come into effect, individuals will need to continue maintaining a two-metre social distance, said the government.

With almost half of those shielding aged 70 and over, the announcement that shielding measures are to be rolled back and paused will come as welcome news to mobility retailers as the sector begins the road to recovery.

Speaking at the daily press briefing, Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock said he will write to everyone on the shielding list to inform them of the changes to guidelines.

“I know this has been incredibly tough,” said Hancock.

“Shielding has involved not leaving your houses for months, not seeing people you care about, not being able to wander to the park for some fresh air or even pop to the shops for something you need.

“This sacrifice has been for a purpose and I want to thank every single one of you.”

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