On 16 July the Chief Medical Officer for Wales confirmed that, providing the prevalence of coronavirus continues to fall within our communities, people on the shielding list will no longer need to do so after 16 August (unless your clinician has advised you to do otherwise). Read the full statement here:
Around 130,000 people in Wales have been advised to take shielding measures since the start of the pandemic because they are at high risk of developing serious illness if they contract coronavirus.
The change in the advice means that, from 16 August, people in the shielding group can go to work or to school and go shopping but they should continue to take steps to protect themselves from coronavirus by keeping a 2 metre distance from others and washing their hands frequently.
The Chief Medical Officer has previously advised all those shielding can take unlimited exercise outdoors and meet with members of one other household outdoors. People who are shielding can also form part of an extended household.
The weekly food box deliveries, which have been coordinated by local authorities, will end after 16 August, but priority slots for online supermarket shopping will remain in place. The prescription delivery service will continue until the end of September.
The Chief Medical Officer also announced that not all children and young people who are currently advised to shield need to continue to do so. A review will be undertaken of all children on the shielding list, and the latest guidance from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health will be used to determine whether each child needs to remain on the list. At some point it is expected that the majority of children will be removed from the shielding list and Welsh Government is working through the process on how this guidance can be implemented over the summer.