We are expecting, today, further information from the Government about the measures put to support individuals and businesses during the November lockdown, that was approved by MPs yesterday and comes in to force today, 5 November.

The full Government restrictions, likely to remain until 2 December, are here.

Clinically Extremely Vulnerable – the new Shielding

The guidance has been clarified for people who are Clinically Extremely Vulnerable – people who have health conditions which make them extremely high-risk. The full Government guidance is here, and the list of medical conditions included is half way down that page.

Adults with Down’s Syndrome have been added to the list since the last Lockdown, along with adults on dialysis or with chronic kidney disease (stage five).

The short version is:

  • Stay at home as much as possible, although people can exercise outside in their support bubble
  • Avoid all non-essential travel, except to GP and hospital appointments unless told otherwise
  • Don’t go to any shops or pharmacies
  • Don’t go to work if you cannot work from home – you may be eligible for statutory sick pay or other allowances – but people in the same household can still attend work
  • Most children who were shielding no longer need to be and can go to school – but parents should check with their GP if they are unsure
  • Children who live with someone who is clinically extremely vulnerable should still go to school

An online support service has been set up to help people in this group access supermarket deliveries and other local support.

Cornwall Council is still operating its specialist support service, now renamed ‘CEV helpline’ (not Shielding helpline), on

Volunteer Cornwall – support for people in their own homes

Volunteer Cornwall is expecting to be busy again, supporting those who are Clinically Extremely Vulnerable, and others who need assistance. There is not a general instruction to shield for those who are over a certain age, so most people should go out for their own shopping or medication, if they are able.

If you know anyone who needs support, and cannot go out, please get in touch with Volunteer Cornwall:

To volunteer

To request help

Telephone befriending service

Support from Cornwall Council

Cornwall Council’s support for residents at this time is being updated with the new guidance, and financial provision. You can find full details on their COVID-19 pages. Information covers financial support, business support, getting tested, and other relevant services.

** EDIT – the Furlough scheme has been extended to the end of March – see the BBC for details.