Welsh Government update on shielding
People who have been shielding can now take exercise outdoors and meet people from another household, as long as it takes place outdoors.
There are two changes to the advice for this group:
- outdoor exercise is unlimited, as long as individuals strictly follow social distancing rules and hygiene practices
- those who are shielding can meet outside with people from another household – but should not go into another person’s house or share food with them
This advice comes from Chief Medical Officer for Wales, Dr Frank Atherton, who said: "We have advised everyone in Wales to maintain social distance of 2 meters and keep good hygiene when meeting outdoors. For those who are shielding, strictly following these rules is vital. I am pleased that so many have been shielding so diligently – not only protecting themselves but also helping to protect our NHS. We recognise how challenging these last few months, with minimal face-to-face contact with others, has been. The Chief Medical Officer is continuing to develop his advice for shielding people after 15 June. All who are shielding will receive a letter from the Chief Medical Officer for Wales in the coming fortnight setting out the next steps.
"I am incredibly proud of all those who have and continue to provide the vital support to enable people to shield. Our Local Authority partners, pharmacies, volunteers and major food retailers have all pulled together to make shielding possible."
The scheme has been extended until 16 August, and people who are shielding are still advised to do so until this date.