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CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

Shielding

Update for those shielding due to coronavirus (Covid-19).

If you live in the city of Leicester, please refer to the shielding guidance on Leicester City Council's website

Oadby and Wigston residents

If you live in Oadby and Wigston, the government is writing to you to advise you that shielding measures will be relaxed from 10 August and then paused from 24 August.

This means that from 10 August you will be able to:

  • meet in a group of up to six people outdoors, including people from different households, while maintaining social distancing
  • relax observing social distancing with other members of your household
  • form a 'support bubble' if you are a single adult household (living alone) or single adult household with dependents (single adult with children)

The above shielding advice will be paused from 24 August and you will be advised to follow national guidance with strict social distancing. 

This means that from 24 August:

  • you can go to work, if you cannot work from home, as long as the business is COVID-secure  
  • children who are clinically extremely vulnerable can return to their education settings if they are eligible (in line with their peers). Where possible children should practise frequent hand washing and social distancing
  • you can go out to buy food, to places of worship and for exercise but you should maintain strict social distancing  
  • you should remain cautious as you are still at risk of severe illness if you catch Coronavirus, so the advice is to stay at home where possible and, if you do go out, follow strict social distancing. 

An updated letter from the government dated 5 August will continue to act as evidence for your employer to show that you cannot work outside your home until 24 August, including for statutory sick pay purposes. 

County residents – part of the original local lockdown

If you live in areas that were included in the original Leicester lockdown and are currently shielding, the government is writing to you to advise that you that shielding measures will be relaxed from 3 August and then paused from 17 August.

Areas included in the original lockdown:

Blaby District

  • Braunstone Town (including Fosse Park)
  • Glenfield
  • Glen Parva
  • Leicester Forest East (east of the M1)
  • Thorpe Astley
  • Enderby – small number of properties east of the M1

Charnwood

  • Birstall
  • Thurmaston

Hinckley and Bosworth

  • Small number of properties in the Hinckley and Bosworth district on the border

If you live in any of the above areas, you can expect to receive a letter in the post, and in some cases a text, to give you three weeks’ notice that your shielding status will be paused on 17 August. 

This relaxation of shielding measures in these areas means that from 3 August you will be able to:

  • meet in a group of up to six people outdoors, including people from different households, while maintaining social distancing
  • relax observing social distancing with other members of your household
  • form a 'support bubble' if you are a single adult household (living alone) or single adult household with dependents (single adult with children)

The above shielding advice will be paused from 17 August and you will be advised to follow national guidance with strict social distancing. 

This means that from 17 August:

  • you can go to work, if you cannot work from home, as long as the business is COVID-secure  
  • children who are clinically extremely vulnerable can return to their education settings if they are eligible (in line with their peers). Where possible children should practise frequent hand washing and social distancing
  • you can go out to buy food, to places of worship and for exercise but you should maintain strict social distancing  
  • you should remain cautious as you are still at risk of severe illness if you catch Coronavirus, so the advice is to stay at home where possible and, if you do go out, follow strict social distancing. 

An updated letter from the government dated 27 July will continue to act as evidence for your employer to show that you cannot work outside your home until 17 August, including for statutory sick pay purposes. 

Government’s letter to residents who’s shielding status will be paused  Opens new window

We are working closely with our colleagues at Leicester City Council who will continue the support for all county residents who remain shielded. You will receive a call from the city council in due course to check your status.

Food parcels 

You might be in receipt of a weekly government food parcel because you registered for one on the government website.

  • If you are in the areas that were in the original lockdown boundaries (areas listed above and Oadby and Wigston) you will continue to receive a weekly government sponsored food parcel until 31 July. This will then end.
  • We are working closely with Leicester City Council to ensure that you can access a weekly food parcel if required beyond 31 July. Colleagues from Leicester City Council will contact you to check whether you still require this. If you have queries email: c19support@leicester.gov.uk

Wider county – those areas not included in the local lockdown

If you do not live in any of the areas above, your shielded status will be paused from 1 August. If you still have concerns, you can seek support by ringing our First Contact Plus team on 0116 305 2499.

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