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Vulnerable workers can stop shielding from 1st April

Clinically high-risk individuals will no longer be advised to shield from 1st April and can return to the workplace if they are unable to work from home.

As infection rates continue to fall and more vaccines are issued, the Deputy Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for England has advised that guidance for shielding will be paused after 1st April. More than 9 out of 10 extremely vulnerable people have now received the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.

“With the prevalence of the virus in the community continuing to decrease, now is the right time for people to consider easing up on the more rigid guidelines” said the Deputy CMO. “If you have been shielding, we strongly urge you to take extra precautions following 1st April to keep yourself as safe as possible, such as continuing to exercise social distancing and working from home where possible”.

Guidance for people shielding, issued by the Department for Health and Social Care says “Everyone is advised to work from home where possible, but if you can’t you should now attend your workplace from 1st April. Your employer is required to take steps to reduce the risk of exposure to Covid-19 In the workplace and should be able to explain the measures they have put in place to keep you Covid safe at work”.