It is not necessary for those who are clinically extremely vulnerable to adopt strict shielding measures during the coronavirus firebreak. The regulations in place themselves act to reduce the circulation of the virus and by sticking strictly to the rules, people who are vulnerable will reduce their risk of exposure. Further reductions in risk can be achieved by:

•keeping contacts outside the household to a minimum and avoiding all situations either inside or outside where a a physical distance of 2m from those outside your household cannot be maintained

•shopping at quieter times of day and going once per week rather than every day, if you cannot do this online

•washing hands regularly for 20 seconds with soap and water and using hand sanitiser where hand washing facilities are not available

•wearing a face covering when required

•avoiding touching surfaces that have been touched by others

Further Guidance for shielded people is available at: