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Coronavirus: Quarantine

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 51737, tabled on 1 June 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to update the guidance given to people that are shielding in response to the covid-19 outbreak as 12 week threshold since receiving their letters approaches.

Answered on

12 June 2020

On 1 June the shielding guidance was updated to advise that those shielding may wish to consider spending time outdoors once a day while following social distancing guidelines.

The Government continues to review the emerging evidence and we will continue to listen to medical advisers on the level of clinical risk the virus presents to different groups of people at different points in time.

At each review point for the social distancing measures, we will review the risks for the clinically extremely vulnerable and assess whether the shielding period needs to be extended or whether it is possible for the shielding guidance to be eased further.

The next review will take place the week commencing 15 June. As part of this, we will consider the next steps for shielding beyond 30 June. We will write to all individuals on the shielded patient list with information about next steps on shielding advice and the support that will be available to them after this review point.