What is shielding?

‘Shielding’ is a means to protect extremely vulnerable people from coming into contact with the coronavirus, by minimising all interaction between them and others.

Government guidance (released 11 May) attaches an Annex B which summarises vulnerable groups who should be ‘shielding’:

  • Clinically extremely vulnerable: People with a great risk of severe illness eg those who have had transplants, on chemotherapy or with renal failure. This group are shielding and must stay at home at all times until at least the end of June.
  • Clinically vulnerable: People over 70, those with liver disease or diabetes. Pregnant women. This group are not shielding but should stay at home as much as possible and minimise contact with others outside household.
  • Vulnerable: Children at risk of abuse or with SEN, women at risk of domestic violence. This group follow general guidance unless also clinically or extremely vulnerable.

Those who are clinically extremely vulnerable should:

  • not leave their homes
  • minimise all non-essential contact with other members of their household.

More information and guidance on shielding is available on the Government website.

How to support employees following shielding guidelines

Employers should be aware of the entitlements of employees who are shielding and consider:

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