Advice for shielders in Kent
The government's shielding guidance came to an end on 31 July 2020, bringing changes to daily life for the many people in Kent told to stay indoors to protect themselves from the virus.
The new advice from government means that shielded people can no longer get free food parcels.
The Kent Resilience Forum has issued advice for anyone who is worried about these changes.
- Priority slots for online shopping are still available at all participating supermarkets. If you are able to register for these deliveries do this as soon as you can.
- If you cannot shop online, contact family and friends and neighbourhood schemes to tell them that you may still need help to get food or to collect prescriptions.
- If you still need support then you can access this through the Kent Together online support helpline or by calling 03000 41 92 92.
You may still be at risk of severe illness if you catch coronavirus, so stay at home as much as you can and continue to take precautions when you do go out. You can do this by:
- washing your hands regularly
- avoiding touching your face
- keeping 2 metres away from people outside of your household or bubble wherever possible.
It has never been more important than now for everyone in Kent and Medway to take the necessary steps to reduce the spread of coronavirus. The Protect Kent and Medway campaign sets out the vital steps we must all now take to help local authorities, health and social care teams to deal with potential future outbreaks.
What you can do
The government have advised that you can go out to more places and see more people, for example:
- you can go to work, as long as the workplace is COVID-secure – but carry on working from home if you can
- children who are clinically extremely vulnerable can go back to school (when the rest of their class goes back)
- you can go outside to buy food, to places of worship and for exercise – keeping 2 metres away wherever possible.
We continue to work with the national government, local authorities, the voluntary and community sector, the NHS and other partners to ensure help is at hand for those that need it most. Play your part to protect Kent and Medway.