Reports had earlier said it was poised to end its “shielding” programme for those at highest risk of the disease as infection rates continue to fall. Shielding changes do not apply in Scotland, says Freeman; Those in groups who are “shielding” at home from coronavirus will be asked to keep doing so until the end of July, the First Minister has announced. Published: 12:03, 23 July 2020 | Updated: 14:50, 23 July 2020. Shielding: Food and medicine deliveries will also allegedly end in July (Image: GETTY) Last week, Nicola Sturgeon extended that, telling them that they would need to shield until the end of July. In Wales, it’s 15 weeks from when those shielding were first told to, and in Northern Ireland and Scotland, people have been advised to shield for at least 12 weeks from the start date. "We are, however, likely to amend our current guidance so that from next week you can go out to exercise.". 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Last week, the First Minister announced that 180,000 shielding Scots will have to stay in isolation until July 31. The levels of infection in the community are now significantly lower than they were in … She … People with specific pre-existing health conditions, considered to be in the most at-risk groups to coronavirus, were initially asked to shield for a period of 12 weeks. Search: Search Home Illnesses and conditions Symptoms and self-help Tests and treatments Healthy living Care, support and rights Scotland's Service … "There was an administrative error in a portion of the letters, which was corrected," the first minister said. “Given that the virus can have a long incubation period, intensive work is still ongoing in order to ensure that all possible chains of transmission are being closed down,” she said. Kent Travel News. Skip to main content Skip to screen reader Search. We know that you might still be anxious, so we: are using our text messaging service to send you updates and alert you when there is increased risk in your area – to sign up send your CHI number (at the top of your shielding letter) to 07860 064525; encourage you to download the new Protect Scotland app to help us stop coronavirus from spreading again In Scotland, the advice is to keep shielding until “at least 31 July 2020”, but further updates are expected. Shielding will no longer be required at all after July, he said, and from 1 August, guidance will be relaxed so even extremely vulnerable people will be able to return to work. © 2020 BBC. People in Scotland who are shielding due to being classed as at higher risk from coronavirus will no longer need to from August 1, Nicola Sturgeon has announced. The shielding programme is paused for England and Scotland, but will continue for the areas where extra precautions have been introduced. 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