Easing of shielding restrictions across the UK

Specialist nurse, Nicci talks about the easing of shielding restrictions being introduced from the 1st April 2021.

30 March 2021

As the infection rate from coronavirus drops across the UK, and we start to see the impact of the vaccination programme, restrictions are starting to be lifted gradually.

If you live in England or Wales and have been shielding, this will come to an end from 1 April. In Northern Ireland, restrictions for clinically extremely vulnerable people will start to ease from 12 April. You should continue to take precautions to keep yourself safe though – for example, limiting how many people you see. Read more about how to keep yourself safe if you go out.

Across the UK, everyone can start to go out more and see more people.

  • In England, you can meet outside in groups of up 6 people, or 2 households of any size (including support bubbles).
  • In Scotland from 2 April, you no longer have to stay at home, but you should stay local.
  • In Wales, you no longer need to stay local, and 6 people from 2 households can meet outdoors.
  • In Northern Ireland, up to 10 people from 2 households can meet outside in a public place, and up to 6 people from 2 households can meet in a private garden.

If you’re at higher risk from coronavirus, we would encourage you to have the vaccine when you are invited to do so, as it should protect you from coronavirus. You can also now book an appointment yourself. Read more about the vaccine and how to book your appointment.

It’s important that everyone continues to carefully protect themselves from coronavirus and follows the guidance on social distancing, even if you’ve had the vaccine. The vaccine will protect you from getting ill from coronavirus, but we don’t know if it will stop you catching it and giving it to other people.

Our information about coronavirus will be updated as restrictions ease, so do keep checking back, as well as checking the advice for your local area.

It may come as a relief that restrictions are starting to ease again, especially with the vaccine being rolled out widely. But we know that some people may have some concerns about what this means for them, especially if they are clinically extremely vulnerable and have been shielding. Remember that you can contact me and the other specialist nurses on our free Support Line at any time with questions about coronavirus or pancreatic cancer. Call us on 0808 801 0707, or email us.

Take care and keep safe,

Best wishes