Coronavirus > Coronavirus information and support > Shielding: advice for very high-risk groups


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

On the 1st of August, shielding was paused. This meant that those who were shielding, no longer had to shield and instead should follow the same guidance as for the rest of Scotland. This continues to be the case.

If you are in the shielding group, you may still be feeling worried about staying safe and the Scottish Government website has further information about how to do so if you are at very high risk of the virus.

Will you have to shield again later? 

The Scottish Government is closely monitoring the coronavirus infection rates. Smaller 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

The Scottish Government has lots of support still available for those who are in the shielding group and at very high risk of the virus . 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 advice, you can also call our Advice Line nurses on 0808 801 0899, email or text NURSE to 66777.