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**Updates to Scottish Government shielding advice**

‘Shielding’ advice is for people who are at very high risk of severe illness from coronavirus and have been advised to self-isolate.

From the 1st of August, shielding will be paused. This means that those who are shielding, no longer have to shield and instead should follow the same guidance as for the rest of Scotland.

For information on shielding measures before the 1st of August, what you can and can’t do and how to keep safe, visit the Scottish Government website

Will you have to shield again later? 

The Scottish Government is closely monitoring the coronavirus infection rates. Small increases in the infection rates will not affect the advice that you do not have to shield. However, if there is a big increase in infection rates, the government may introduce stricter shielding measures again. If this happens, you will contacted by letter or though the SMS (text message) Shielding Service.

Staying safe and getting support

For some people, pausing shielding will be good news. For others, it may feel frightening or strange after shielding for so long. Everyone will be different. It is important to remember however that the current risk of catching the virus is very low.

The Scottish Government has lots of support still available for those who are in the shielding group. This includes online support and guidance. You can access this support from

The government has also produced a ‘quick guide to risk for the shielding group’ and advice on ‘staying safe with daily activities’.

If you have any questions about this new advice, you can also call our Advice Line nurses on 0808 801 0899, email or text NURSE to 66777.