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Coronavirus shielding advice

Important advice on coronavirus for those who are shielding in Leicester and surrounding areas. Different advice now applies for people living in the city and for those in Oadby and Wigston, and Blaby and Charnwood. The next review for people in Leicester will take place by 13 August.

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Advice in Leicester

You will have received a letter and possibly a text from the NHS about the new advice on shielding.

Due to levels of coronavirus, the government advice is that if you live in in Leicester and are clinically extremely vulnerable, you should continue to shield. You should not follow the national pausing of shielding that will take place nationally or in nearby areas.

This means:

  • you are strongly advised to stay at home as much as possible and keep visits outside to a minimum
  • if you wish to spend time outdoors, this can be with members of your own household or, if you live alone, you may choose to spend time outdoors with one person from another household (ideally the same person each time)
  • you should maintain social distancing and avoiding gatherings of any size
  • you are advised not to be part of a support bubble with another household.

The government will continue to review the situation on a weekly basis and we will keep this guidance updated. An updated letter from the government dated 27 July will act as evidence for your employer to show that you cannot work outside your home until 17 August, including for statutory sick pay purposes. You will receive a further letter before 17 August providing the evidence for your employer from this date if advice to shield remains in place.

All shielding guidance is advisory.

Support to stay at home

If you were previously receiving free government food medicine deliveries, or care, you can continue to receive this support.

From 1 August, weekly food boxes and care will be provided by Leicester City Council. We will contact you to discuss your needs. Please be aware that your food box may arrive any time during the week. If you are not yet registered for support but are concerned that you will need help, please email us at c19support@leicester.gov.uk.

In the first instance please consider whether your medicines can be collected from the pharmacy and delivered by family, friends, a carer or a volunteer. Where this is not possible, free medicines delivery from your local pharmacy will continue whilst you are being advised to shield. Please contact them to let them know you would like this to continue.

Priority supermarket delivery slots provided by seven supermarkets will continue beyond the end of July for people already signed up.

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.