Coronavirus: Some people shielding allowed outdoors from Monday

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VULNERABLE people in England and Wales advised to stay home since the coronavirus lockdown began will be able to go outdoors again from Monday reports the BBC.

The change means people will be able to go out with members of their household.

Those living alone can meet with someone from another household while maintaining social distancing.

Support for shielders, such as food and medicine deliveries, will continue. Shielding advice in Northern Ireland and Scotland has not yet changed.

Who should be shielding?

In England, those shielding will be advised that they can go outside once a day, with their household or, if they live alone, to meet one other person at a two-metre distance.

In Wales, outdoor exercise for people shielding will be unlimited.

Those shielding should not go out to work, to shop or visit friends in their homes.

Around 2.5 million UK people were advised to stay at home as lockdown began, because they were identified as being at particularly high risk of needing hospital treatment for coronavirus symptoms.

Most were notified by their GP.

The list of people who should be shielding includes solid organ transplant recipients, cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy, pregnant women with heart disease and people with severe respiratory conditions such as cystic fibrosis and severe asthma.

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