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Guidance for the most vulnerable

Last reviewed on 6 April

Shielding advice for people who are clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV) came to an end on 1 April. CEV residents are no longer advised to shield but must continue to follow the rules in place for everyone under the current national restrictions. Read the full government guidance.

The government has sent letters to CEV people setting out practical steps people can follow to reduce their risk of catching the virus, including continuing to maintain strict social distancing, and continuing to work from home where possible.

CEV residents can continue to access priority supermarket delivery slots until 21 June.

Summary of advice that applies from 1 April 2021

Until the social distancing rules are eased more widely, it is important that you continue to keep the number of social interactions that you have low and try to reduce the amount of time you spend in settings where you are unable to maintain social distancing.

Everyone is advised to continue to work from home where possible, but if you cannot work from home you should now attend your workplace. Your employer is required to take steps to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace and should be able to explain to you the measures they have put in place to keep you safe at work.

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (furlough) has been extended until 30 September as has the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS). You may continue to be eligible throughout this period.

From 1 April you are longer eligible for Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) or Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) on the basis of being advised to shield.

CEV pupils and students should return to their school or other educational settings.

Support from your council

We will continue to send text and email messages to our CEV residents with information and advice. If you have received a message and are not CEV, it is because as you are registered as a contact either by email or mobile.

If you are clinically extremely vulnerable and you need to register your needs by telephone, or you have an urgent need, the St Helens Together helpline number 01744 676767 remains in operation 7 days a week from 8am – 10pm, or email contactcares@sthelens.gov.uk.

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Guidance in other languages

You can download a poster detailing the local support available for residents identified as clinically extremely vulnerable, in the following languages: