On 18 June, the First Minister for Scotland announced some further advice for those in the shielding groups.
Please note that the current advice for shielding groups remains until at least 31 July. The current shielding advice is available at www.gov.scot/publications/covid-shielding.
There is NO change to the support offered to those who are shielded, so if you have been getting support or food deliveries, this will continue as before until at least 31 July.
What is the change?
From 18 June 2020, the advice for all people in Scotland who have been asked to shield is:
What can I do outside?
You can go outdoors for a walk, wheel (outside in a wheelchair), run or cycle or take part in non-contact outdoor activities such as golf, hiking, canoeing, outdoor swimming, fishing, etc.
It is imperative that those waiting for a transplant strictly follow these measures and are extremely cautious about:
How long can I stay outside?
There is no time limit to how long you can stay outside for however, it is imperative that you stay two metres away from other people, so should avoid crowded places or busy times and always wash your hands when you return indoors.
How far can I go outside?
You should stay within your local area (broadly within 5 miles) for the purposes of exercise and leisure. You can travel in a car, either driving yourself or being driven by someone you live with. Do not go in a car with people you do not live with.
Can I go back to work?
Unless you can work from home, we advise that you should not be going into work at the moment. It is important that people who have been asked to shield stay 2 metres away from other people and do not go inside any other buildings.
What does this mean for those shielding and who are on a deceased donor transplant waiting list?
This new advice applies to most people of all ages who have been asked to shield and waiting for a solid organ transplant.
Those waiting for a transplant should contact their transplant team if they have any concerns to discuss whether any other specific recommendations in addition to this updated advice should be in place for them.
Other sources of support
We understand that these are worrying and uncertain times. You may find it helpful to visit the https://clearyourhead.scot/ website.
The national Covid-19 helpline continues to operate. Contact 0800 111 4000 if you need any support with shielding.