To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what support the Government plans to make available for people with cystic fibrosis and others who are extremely vulnerable who may be required to shield after lockdown restrictions in response to the covid-19 outbreak are modified for the rest of society.
The shielding guidance in England has been updated to advise that, from 1 June 2020, those shielding may wish to consider spending time outdoors once a day.
As part of the next review point, we will consider the arrangements for shielding beyond 30 June. We will also review the risks for the clinically extremely vulnerable and assess whether the shielding period needs to be extended or whether it is possible for the shielding guidance to be eased further. We will base our assessment on clinical advice from medical experts and the best data available about the prevalence of COVID-19 in the community.
The Government will continue to ensure support with essential supplies, medicines, social contact and basic needs is available for those who need it for as long as people are advised to follow shielding guidance.