Specific recommendations for those who are clinically extremely vulnerable
From 1 April the guidance for people who have been advised to shield will be paused, this is because rates of coronavirus in the community are much lower. From then you should continue to follow the regulations that are in place for everyone but there are extra precautions you may wish to take to keep you safe.
Meeting with others
The rules on meeting others are the same as they are for everyone else. However, you might want to consider keeping your social interactions to a minimum, meeting in outdoor spaces where possible and when meeting indoors is allowed keeping rooms ventilated.
Going to shops and pharmacies
You’re able to go to shops and pharmacies that are open but may wish to continue to use family and friends and other services to avoid this or shop at quieter times.
Going to work
Everyone is advised to work from home. If this isn’t possible then you can go to work from April 1. Workplaces are required to put coronavirus protection measures in place to keep you safe.
The furlough scheme has been extended until 30 September and you continue to be eligible for furlough during this time so you may want to discuss this with your employer or whether there are other roles that are suitable which allow you to work from home. You will no longer be eligible for Statutory Sick Pay or Employment and Support Allowance on the basis of shielding, however, may be for other reasons.
If you’ve already registered for priority access to supermarket delivery slots by 31 March then these will continue until 21 June. You can still register for this support on the Government website up to 31 March.
The NHS Volunteer Responders Programme will still be available to support people with shopping for essentials, medications and check in and chat options.
Call 0808 196 3646, 8am to 8pm, Monday to Sunday to access this service.
Take extra care to:
- wash your hands with soap and water often
- use hand sanitiser if soap and water is not available
- wear a face covering over your mouth and nose outdoors and indoors when social distancing is not possible
What to do if you develop symptoms?
If you develop symptoms such as a cough, or fever, or you lose your sense of taste or smell, get a test and stay at home until you get the result. You can book a test by going to www.wirral.gov.uk/test or call 119 if you do not have internet access. If you test positive, please stay at home for 10 days from when your symptoms have started. If you are contacted by NHS Test and Trace, follow their instructions.
Wirral Council operates a Coronavirus Helpline. Those needing support can call 0151 666 5050. The helpline operates Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.