The change continues despite the implementation of new lockdown restrictions in parts of the north.
However, anyone who is currently protecting in Blackburn with Darwen, and parts of Leicestershire, will have to continue to do so.
People identified as clinically extremely vulnerable will have received a message from the government to take extra precautions to avoid catching coronavirus.
But from today the government decided to lift the restrictions to protect people in most of England.
In March, those protecting were urged to stay home as much as possible and keep interactions with others to a minimum.
Now that the number of coronavirus cases in the community has increased, the government has made some changes.
From July 6, people protecting were told they could now spend time outdoors in groups of no more than six and form a supportive bubble if they were part of a single adult household.
From August 1, shielding will be suspended – but the government has indicated that it could be reinstated if transmission tariffs increase again.
If you’ve protected, here’s what you now need to know:
- the government will no longer advise you to protect
- support from the National Service for the Protection of free food packages, drug deliveries and healthcare will cease
- NHS volunteer responders will continue to deliver the food you buy, prescriptions and essentials if you need them.
- you’ll still be eligible for priority supermarket locations (if you signed up before July 17th)
- you can now go to work, as long as the workplace is secured by COVID – but continue to work from home if you can
- children who are clinically extremely vulnerable may return to school (when the rest of their class returns)
- you can go out to buy food, to places of worship, and to exercise – standing two meters away if possible
The government still advises vulnerable people to take extra precautions to ensure their safety.
Advice on the gov.uk website for those who are clinically extremely vulnerable states: “You may still be at risk for serious illness if you catch coronavirus, so stay home as much as you can and continue to take precautions. when you go out. .
“You can do this by washing your hands regularly, avoiding touching your face, and staying two meters from people outside your house or bubble whenever possible.
When the easing around the shielding was announced in June, Health Secretary Matt Hancock thanked those who had protected.
“I know it has been incredibly difficult,” he said.
“Protecting yourself means not leaving your house for months, not seeing the people you care about, not being able to walk in the park to get some fresh air, or even go to stores to get some fresh air. something you need.
“This sacrifice had a purpose, and I want to thank each of you.
“We knew it was a difficult question, but these measures were vital in saving lives.
“Now that infection rates continue to drop in our communities, our medical experts have indicated that we can now relax some of these measures, while keeping people safe. ”
Advice on shielding areas subject to local lockdowns is available on the government website here.
Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced that protection councils will also be lifted in Scotland from August 1, while protection councils will remain until August 16 in Wales.