The Department of Health and Social Care have today (18 March 2021) issued a press release setting out future shielding guidance to those categorised as Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (CEV).
Following the roadmap out of the national restrictions published by the Government, it is currently intended that from the 1 April 2021, at the earliest, those who are categorised as Clinically Extremely Vulnerable will no longer be advised to shield. It is therefore expected that they will no longer be eligible for Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) or Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) as a result of being advised to shield.
Currently, Public Health England’s advice is that those on the shielded patient list must follow the national restrictions alongside the rest of the population, but are still advised to take extra precautions to keep themselves safe from COVID-19.
This means that those who are shielding are still strongly advised to work from home due to the risk of exposure to Coronavirus. If a clinically extremely vulnerable person cannot work from home, however, employers are required by law to take steps to make workplaces COVID-19 secure and should discuss this with their employees while planning their return to work.
If a clinically extremely vulnerable person cannot make alternative working arrangements with their employer, they may be eligible for furlough you under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, which has been extended until 30 September 2021.