The Government has issued guidance on the new approach to managing outbreaks. Every local area will be assigned a Local Covid Alert Level (medium, high, very high) determining the regulations/guidance that will apply in an area.
Alongside this, the Government has also published updated guidance on shielding and protecting people who are Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (CEV - those on the Shielded Patients List). This provides advice on additional precautions people at highest risk may wish to take at each Local Alert Level.
In the future, the government will only reintroduce formal shielding advice in the very worst affected local areas and for a limited period of time. This will only apply to some, but not all, Very High Alert Level areas and will be based on advice from the Chief Medical Officer.