The Government told the “clinically extremely vulnerable” to once again start shielding in areas placed under Tier 4 restrictions.
“Those with more general underlying health conditions or people aged 70 or over may still be more vulnerable to Covid-19 than the general population, so are also advised to stay at home as much as possible, to carefully follow the rules and minimise contact with others,” a statement from the Department for Health and Social Care said.
“Those who are clinically extremely vulnerable but living in Tiers 1 to 3 should follow existing guidance – there is no formal shielding advice currently in place in areas outside Tier 4,” it added.
The Government said letters will be going out to all those affected by the new rules later this week – though their may be delays in these arriving due to high volumes of post over Christmas.
“Anyone in Tier 4 areas who received the shielding letter in November and whose condition hasn’t changed should follow the advice immediately until they receive the letter. We will also be issuing letters by email for those who have registered an email address with their GP practice,” the statement said.