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Shielding for the Clinically Extremely Vulnerable Ends on 1 April 2021

on Friday, 26 March 2021.

Following the recent drop in coronavirus (COVID-19) infection rates, the Government has announced that from 1 April 2021, the clinically extremely vulnerable will no longer be advised to shield.

The updated guidance will be sent by letter to individuals on a shielding patient list over the next two weeks. 

Shielding Guidance - What's Changing?

The notification letter states that, from 1 April 2021, vulnerable people will no longer be advised to shield and will not be eligible for Statutory Sick Pay on the basis of being advised to shield. They should continue to work from home where possible. If they cannot work from home, they are advised to attend their workplace.

The letter also notes that employers are required to take steps to reduce the risk of exposure to coronavirus in the workplace and should be able to explain the measures they put in place to keep employees safe at work.

The guidance set out at the end of the letter states that clinically extremely vulnerable people may wish to consider avoiding rush hour public transportation times, whilst commuting to work.

The current shielding guidance is yet to be updated and does not reflect the position in the latest announcement. We expect this guidance to be updated shortly.

Coronavirus guidance employers

If you would like advice on how you can support those in your workforce who are clinically extremely vulnerable, please get in touch with Ellie Boyd in our Employment Law team on 020 7665 0940 or complete the form below.

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