People at high risk from COVID-19 are advised to follow the same national guidance as everyone else.

You are no longer advised to stay at home (shield). But there are still things you can do to help keep yourself safe.

Read more about advice for people at high risk from COVID-19

People are no longer being called clinically extremely vulnerable. Some people who were previously considered clinically extremely vulnerable are still considered at high risk from COVID-19.

Read the guidance for people previously considered clinically extremely vulnerable on GOV.UK

Wherever possible, staff at higher risk should continue to work from home. Where it’s not possible to work from home, it may be possible to return to work with additional control measures in place to ensure safety.

Guidance for managers of staff who are at higher risk

Managers should speak staff at higher risk about their working arrangements to discuss plans and to reassure them. Where vulnerable staff cannot work from home, individual risk assessment should already be in place to support these staff which outlines all the necessary control measures agreed for them. These assessments should be under regular review and managers must consider the impact of changing personal circumstances and the potential impact to staff on local and national restrictions being implemented by the government.  

If an individual risk assessment has been done already this must be discussed and reviewed with the member of staff before any return to work. This discussion should cover all practical measures in place to keep staff safe. 

Managers should consider and discuss with staff measures that will increase confidence and a successful return to work, including:

  • structured reinduction
  • informal visits to a workplace before returning
  • a phased return over an extended period
  • any other measures that will assist.

Referral to Occupational Health may also be considered depending on the circumstances of individual staff members.