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Coronavirus in Leicester

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Coronavirus shielding advice

Important advice for those who are clinically extremely vulnerable in Leicester.

Advice in Leicester

Clinically extremely vulnerable people in Leicester were advised to shield until 5 October. Formal shielding was paused on that date.

Leicester is now in the middle tier of the local COVID alerts: "high".

This means you must not socialise with people you do not live with indoors in any setting, unless you have formed a support bubble with them.

You may see friends and family you do not live with outside, including in a garden or other outdoor space. If you do so, you must not meet in a group of more than six. In England, this limit of six includes children of any age.

At high alert level, the additional advice for clinically extremely vulnerable people is that you keep the number of different people you meet with low. The fewer people you meet, the less likely you are to catch COVID-19.

You are encouraged to continue to go outside with your household and/or support bubble because of the benefits of exercise. If you do choose to meet other households outside of your support bubble, this must be outside, must be in groups of less than 6 people and we advise you to keep the numbers low.

You do not need to maintain social distancing within your household.

A support bubble is where a household with one adult joins with another household (on an exclusive basis). Households within a bubble can still visit each other, stay overnight, and visit public places together.

Deliveries of the regular food boxes for shielding people have now ended. If you are concerned that you will still need help, please email

You can also contact the NHS Volunteer Responder scheme for help collecting shopping, medicine or other essential supplies, or just for someone to talk to. You can call them free on 0808 1963646.