Coronavirus: Disease Control

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 8th July 2020.

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Photo of Daniel Poulter Daniel Poulter Conservative, Central Suffolk and North Ipswich

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the level risk to people shielding from covid-19 who are now able to return to work.

Photo of Jo Churchill Jo Churchill The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

Clinically extremely vulnerable people who are shielding are still at risk of severe illness if they catch COVID-19 and should continue to take precautions. But as the latest epidemiological data shows that the risk of catching COVID-19 is now sufficiently low, the Government believes that the time is now right to further relax the shielding advice.

Employers should support employees identified either as clinically vulnerable or clinically extremely vulnerable to work from home in the first instance. Where this is not possible, they should be offered the safest on-site roles that enable them to maintain social distancing from others, once the advice to shield is lifted from 1 August 2020.

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