Those shielding can now leave their homes, says local council

People who have been shielding over the lockdown period are now advised that’s it’s ok to leave their homes, according to advice on Hounslow Council’s website.

‘People who are shielding remain vulnerable and should continue to take precautions but may now choose to leave their home, as long as they are able to maintain strict social distancing.

‘If you choose to spend time outdoors, you may do so with members of your own household. If you live alone, you can spend time outdoors with one person from another household. Ideally, this should be the same person each time.

‘If you do go out, you should take extra care to minimise contact with others by keeping two metres apart. This guidance will be kept under regular review.’

Image above: a couple walking their dog

Changes to coronavirus lockdown rules as of 4 July

The new government guidance means you can:

  • Go to a restaurant, pub, cinema, visitor attractions, hotels, outdoor gyms or a campsite
  • Go to a library, community centre, a place of worship or outdoor playground
  • Meet in groups of up to two households (your support bubble counts as one household) in any location – public or private, indoors or outdoors. You do not always have to meet with the same household – you can meet with different households at different times. However, it remains the case – even inside someone’s home – that you should socially distance from anyone not in your household or bubble. This change also does not affect the support you receive from your carers
  • Continue to meet in groups of up to six people from different households, following social distancing guidelines
  • Stay overnight away from your home with your own household or support bubble, or with members of one other household

You cannot:

  • Gather in groups larger than 30 people as this is illegal

You should not:

  • gather indoors in groups of more than two households (your support bubble counts as one household) – this includes when dining out or going to the pub
  • gather outdoors in a group of more than six people from different households; gatherings larger than 6 should only take place if everyone is from just two households
  • interact socially with anyone outside the group you are attending a place with, even if you see other people you know, for example, in a restaurant, community centre or place of worship
  • hold or attend celebrations (such as parties) where it is difficult to maintain social distancing
  • stay overnight away from your home with members of more than one other household (your support bubble counts as one household)

Read more on The Chiswick Calendar

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