Easing of Shielding Restrictions


Media Release

June 18

Easing of Shielding Restrictions

The first minister’s announcement today, that those in our community who are shielding from potential Covid-19 infection can now go outside for exercise and leisure and enjoy limited outdoor socialising, is welcome news.

NHS Shetland Chief Executive Michael Dickson said the last three months have been difficult for everyone but those who have been shielding have had it especially tough.

“Shielding remains in place until July 31 because the risk of infection still exists. This will continue to be reviewed by the Scottish Government. The good news is that our interim Chief Medical Officer, Dr Gregor Smith, has said that the prevalence of Covid-19 in Scotland is decreasing. It is for this reason that some of the shielding restrictions are being eased.”

Mr Dickson said in Shetland the decrease in cases was because of the continued efforts of the population to reduce the spread of the virus but it was imperative that the community remembered that there is still no vaccine and no cure for Covid-19.

“We cannot lose sight of the risks the virus presents. For this reason we all have to keep washing our hands with soap and water, stick to social distancing (2m apart), maintain cough/sneeze hygiene and stay away from big groups.”

The First Minister said today that:

  • People who are shielding can go outdoors for exercise and leisure - effective immediately;
  • People who are shielding are advised not to enter other indoor areas;
  • Strict physical distancing and hand hygiene is strongly advised.

From tomorrow, Friday, June 19, people who are shielding can:

  • Meet one other household per day outdoors, provided there is no more than eight people in the group;
  • Take part in non-contact outdoor activities such as golf, hiking, canoeing, outdoor swimming, fishing etc.

This advice applies to most people of all ages who are shielding, including children and pregnant women. Rare exceptions will be contacted by their