Scottish Government - changes to shielding guidance
On Thursday 23 July 2020, the Scottish Government provided updated guidance for people who have been shielding since the beginning of lockdown. From 01 August 2020, those who have been advised to shield because of COVID-19 will no longer have to do so and will instead be asked to follow general safety guidance, as well as follow stringent physical distancing and hygiene measures.
Those affected will receive a letter from the Chief Medical Officer, Dr Gregor Smith, outlining updated guidance as well as the pause in shielding, which is possible due to the continuing low levels of COVID-19 infection in Scotland. A series of measures will be established to support people moving from shielding status - advice for those with specific conditions has been made available, guidance will be issued to support people returning to work and to schools, and information will be published on how to do various day-to-day activities safely.