Shielding in Scotland Paused 1st August 2020

Shielding has been paused in Scotland for people considered more vulnerable to Covid-19.

Since 24 July, those in the shielding category have been able to shop and meet others indoors. They can now follow the same general advice as the rest of the population. To stay safe, you should strictly follow physical distancing and hygiene measures. This means you should:

– wear a face covering if you use public transport, visit a shop, or visit a care home or hospital

– avoid crowded places

– clean hands and surfaces regularly

– stay 2m (6 feet) away from other people

– self-isolate and book a test if you have COVID-19 symptoms

Could shielding return?

The infection rate in Scotland may rise as well as fall in the coming months, but the Scottish Government say “small changes will not affect” the shielding advice, although it will be kept “under constant review.”

“If we see an increase in infection rates that gives us concern, we may ask you to take extra steps again to stay safe. If so, we’ll let you know by letter and through the SMS Shielding Service.”

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