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Coronavirus (COVID-19): shielding advice and support

Details of shielding advice to help people make informed decisions and access support services during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): shielding advice and support
Current advice

Current advice

There is no longer separate advice for people on the shielding list. You can follow the same guidance as the rest of Scotland. To stay safe, you should strictly follow two metre physical distancing and hand washing measures.Remember to also wear a face covering in shops, inside hospitality settings and on public transport if you are able to.

Why things have changed

At the start of the pandemic, we asked people at the highest risk from COVID-19 to stay home. This was because the infection rate in the community was so high.

Though there has been a small rise in the number of people in Scotland who are infectious, generally the rates of infection are low.

The Public Health Scotland dashboard gives more information about the location of cases in Scotland over time.

The main way that coronavirus spreads is by droplets from an infected person when they cough. Evidence shows that the risk of catching the virus is very small if you are 2 metres or more away from them. This is because the droplets will fall to the ground before they reach you. This is why our advice is to stay 2 metres away from people outwith your household.

As we keep improving our knowledge about the virus, we will review the evidence for who is on the shielding list. We will contact you to let you know if you are no longer on the list.

Making informed choices

Different things matter to different people. We want to help you to make informed choices based on your own specific situation. This will help you take back more control over your life while minimising risk.

Our online support includes:

If the infection rate goes up

The infection rate in Scotland may rise as well as fall in the coming months. Small changes will not affect this advice.

We will keep our advice under constant review. We may ask you to take extra steps to stay safe if there is an increase in infection rates that gives us concern. We will let you know by letter and through the text messaging service if this is the case.


First published: 7 Oct 2020 Last updated: 16 Oct 2020 -