From Saturday 1 August, shielding guidance for the clinically extremely vulnerable will be paused across England.
This means those who have been shielding over the course of the pandemic will no longer be advised to do so, and can begin to go back to work and school as long as the sites are COVID-secure.
People will also be able to go outside as much as they like, and visit supermarkets, pubs and shops, with social distancing guidelines still strongly advised.
The latest scientific evidence shows that the average incidence across the country remains lower now than the point when the decision was made to proceed with the pausing of shielding nationally. This has allowed for the relaxation of the guidance.
Where incidence and transmission rates are of concern, the Government can take a more targeted approach to shielding advice (at Local Authority level). This means that there may be different advice in place in different areas of the country, as currently in some areas of the north.