Published on: 1st August 2020

The guidance for the clinically extremely vulnerable has been updated in line with what was announced on Monday 22 June. You are no longer advised to shield and you can now visit shops, places of worship and other venues. You can return to work if your workplace is Covid-secure but should carry on working from home wherever possible.

You should maintain social distancing wherever possible and adopt other measures to keep yourself safe, such as regular hand washing. More information on how to keep yourself safe can be found here.

Advice to the clinically extremely vulnerable has been and remains advisory. 

Is this safe?

The guidance has been updated in line with the latest scientific and medical advice and with the safety and welfare of the clinically extremely vulnerable in mind. Current scientific evidence indicates that average incidence rates across the country are lower now than when the decision was made to pause shielding

We will monitor the virus continuously over coming months and if it spreads too much, we may need to advise you to shield again. Your name will be kept on the Shielded Patient List held by NHS Digital so the Government can write to you if this happens. 

Returning to work

You should continue to work from home if you can. If this is not possible, your employer should take steps to make your workplace Covid-secure. You can find out more about safety measures in your workplace by searching here, for example if you work in a supermarket, you can read the ‘Shops and branches’ guidance.

If your employer cannot make your workplace Covid-secure, they can access the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme for those who have been furloughed for a three-week period prior to 30 June, until the end of October.

If you are concerned about your safety at work, talk to your employer and look to come to an agreement. For example, you could discuss staggered working times or taking on a different role. You can get advice on your specific situation and employment rights by visiting the Acas website or calling the Acas helpline, 0300 123 1100


In line with what was announced on Monday 22 June, the Government-provided food boxes and medicine deliveries have now stopped. However, there are a number of ways you can still access support.

Supermarkets and other retailers are continuing to offer priority delivery slots for the clinically extremely vulnerable, as well as telephone ordering and food boxes to help the most vulnerable shop for themselves.

The Spirit of Salford Helpline has been set up to help you get support for a whole range of issues you might be facing at the moment. We can help with things like getting food if you need to self-isolate and have no support from family or friends, give you advice on benefits, council tax and managing debts if your income has reduced, arrange help if you’re struggling with your mental health and much more. See the full list on our helpline web page, click on the link here to request help, or call The Spirit of Salford Helpline on 0800 952 1000 Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 6pm, or Saturday 9am to 1pm.

You can also find out what support services are available in your area by using this search tool: