From 22/12/20 the advice to those who are clinically extremely vulnerable, previously ‘shielding’ has changed to advise those within this group that they should no longer attend work or school outside the home.
Letters from the Chief Medical Officer for Wales (CMO) will be issued confirming this advice but will take some time to reach individuals due to the festive period. These letters can then be used as evidence for the purposes of claiming statutory sick pay.
This decision to introduce this advice has been made based on number of factors but has been influenced by the significant recent growth in rates of infection, possibly due to the new variant of the coronavirus. There is also a growing pressure on our health service with increasing hospitalisations. This advice will be reviewed on a three weekly basis aligned to the Welsh Government reviews of alert levels across Wales.
Individuals in this group are already subject to the regulations in place at level 4 https://gov.wales/alert-level-4 and therefore must stay at home as much as possible.
People in this group can still go outside to exercise and also to attend medical appointments. They can also remain part of a support bubble, as long as they take care. The safest option for people within this group is not to be part of a Christmas Bubble. However if they choose to do so they should follow the advice provided on our website https://gov.wales/christmas-advice-people-who-were-shielding which includes keeping contacts to an absolute minimum, meeting for short periods in well ventilated areas, maintaining strict hand and surface hygiene and staying 2 metres away from others.
Guidance for those who are Clinically Extremely Vulnerable will be updated as soon as possible on the following link https://gov.wales/guidance-protecting-people-defined-medical-grounds-extremely-vulnerable-coronavirus-covid-19
Further steps that you can take to reduce your risk are:
- Keeping contacts outside the household to a minimum and avoiding all situations either inside or outside where a physical distance of 2m from those outside your household cannot be maintained
- Shopping at quieter times of day (early mornings and late at night) 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
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