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Shielding paused from 1 April

5:04 pm, Wednesday, 24th March 2021 - 4 weeks ago

General

From the start of next month, people who are clinically extremely vulnerable are no longer being advised to shield.

Although clinically extremely vulnerable people will no longer be advised to shield, those who have shielded in the past are still being advised to take extra precautions to protect themselves whilst the virus is still spreading.

In addition to this, the regulations that are in place for everyone during the pandemic still apply. This includes rules on mixing with people from other households.

Everyone is advised to continue to work from home where possible, but if you cannot work from home you should now attend your workplace. Your employer is required to take steps to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace and should be able to explain to you the measures they have put in place to keep you safe at work.

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (furlough) has been extended until 30 September as has the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS). You may continue to be eligible throughout this period.

Clinically extremely vulnerable pupils and students should return to their school or other educational settings.

If you are aged 16 or older, you should already have been offered your first dose of the vaccine. If you have not yet received your first dose, you should contact your GP.

If you have received your first dose, you should still ensure you take up your second dose of the vaccine when it is offered to you. Having two doses should further increase your level of protection.

If you are concerned about the impact of COVID-19 on your health, speak to your GP, hospital clinician or use NHS111. You can still contact North East Lincolnshire Council for advice and support if you are still in need of any assistance. Call 01472 313131 or visit nelincs.gov.uk.

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