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Shielding guidance to ease for clinically vulnerable

The government has announced a two-phased easing of the shielding restrictions from Monday 6 July and unless there’s a significant rise in coronavirus cases, the government expects to pause the shielding programme on 31 July, including the delivery of food parcels and medicine.

Local support will continue with district councils helping arrange independent food deliveries and prescription collections through trusted charities, registered volunteers, community groups and supermarkets with priority delivery slots.

Advice is also available about financial support, transport to medical appointments and combatting loneliness.

If you would like to some support, please call your District Council

From Devon County Council:

The government’s offer of free basic food supplies and medicine deliveries for those clinically extremely vulnerable to coronavirus and advised to ‘shield’ at home will end on Friday 31 July.

This is because from Saturday 1 August, the government guidance will be relaxed so clinically extremely vulnerable people will no longer be advised to shield and can resume a more normal lifestyle, including visiting shops so long as they follow strict social distancing measures.

Priority access to supermarket delivery slots will continue, but if you haven’t registered on the government website yet you need to do it before 17 July. 

NHS Volunteer Responders together with many charitable and local community groups will continue to offer support after 31 July

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