Latest: New coronavirus restrictions in England and Wales

20 October 2020

New coronavirus restrictions have been announced in England and Wales - but people at high risk are not being advised to shield. 

England

Local areas in England have been placed under a new three tier system of medium, high or very high alert restrictions. The government is not recommending that people at high risk shield, even if you live in an area with local restrictions, unless you receive a letter separately informing you to do so. The government have stated they will only reintroduce formal shielding advice in the very worst affected local areas and for a limited period of time.
Wales A 'firebreak' lockdown will be introduced across Wales from 6pm Friday 23 October until the start of Monday 9 November 2020 to help regain control of coronavirus. The government is not recommending that people at high risk shield, as the series of restrictive measures being put in place will help protect the most vulnerable.

 

You can find out the latest advice for your local area by downloading the NHS Covid-19 app.

Although the national shielding programme has paused, your IBD team may still advise you to shield in individual circumstances, such as if you have upcoming surgery or have just started taking steroids. Follow the advice of your IBD team if they tell you to shield. If you live in a very high local COVID alert area (England only), you may also receive a letter from the government recommending you shield for a limited time.

In the rare circumstance that you are advised to shield, you should try to only leave your home in order to attend medical appointments, and avoid contact with people who you don't live with. Check the letter you received, or with your IBD team, to see what you are able to do. 

Even if you do not currently need to shield, you should still follow restrictions for your local area and practice social distancing and good hand washing hygiene. Find your local council and check local restrictions at: gov.uk/find-local-council

For more on what the new rules mean for people on the shielding list, read our detailed guidance.