Vulnerable elderly can finally go outside and see their grandchildren after 10 weeks ‘shielding’ inside


VULNERABLE and elderly Brits can finally go outside after 10 weeks from shielding from coronavirus.

Robert Jenrick said people cooped indoors for their own safety can spend time with members of their own family from tomorrow.

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Robert Jenrick spoke at No10’s daily press briefing this afternoon

The Communities Secretary added that those who live alone can spend time with someone from one other household.

Mr Jenrick said shielding Brits and their loved ones had made a “huge sacrifice” during the lockdown and he wanted to “express admiration” for their efforts.

The move will bring new-found freedom to those with extreme medical conditions who have become prisoners in their own homes since the lockdown began.

Many have not had face-to-face contact since they were first advised to “shield” themselves ten weeks ago.

Those in the vulnerable category include organ transplant recipients, those on chemotherapy, kidney dialysis patients and those with severe respiratory conditions.


The move is the latest in a series of “baby steps” to ease the restrictions imposed on March 23.

It follows fresh clinical advice which shows the average chance of catching the virus has fallen from 40-1 to 1,000-1.

Mr Jenrick’s announcement came after after the PM revealed on Thursday that five tests for easing the nation had finally been met, meaning he can ease some of the country’s strict restrictions.

After months of lockdown, groups from different households will be able to meet up – as long as it is outside.

At the moment only two people can meet up outside, but as HOAR revealed last week, multiple households will now be able to have BBQs and garden parties to make the most of the summer.

Non-essential shops are also set to return from June 1 and June 15 with plans for pubs, restaurants and hotels to follow.

Last week England’s test and trace system comes into force, which Boris said means the country can lift lockdown measures for most people.

But the scheme got off to a shambolic start – with tracers saying they were only told the system was going live the night before.

Tracers have said it is “the blind leading the blind” and they don’t have anyone who tested positive for coronavirus to call so they can get to work.

A huge number said they had not been sent login details which allowed them to access systems to start work and were instead sat at home with nothing to do.


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