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Vulnerable groups

This guidance may change and people are advised to check often to keep up with the latest advice.

This guidance may change and people are advised to check often to keep up-to-date with the latest advice.

Public Health are advising people with the following underlying health conditions to stay at home as much as possible and avoid any face-to-face contact. This is because they are at a high risk of severe illness from coronavirus (COVID-19). They may leave their house to exercise outside for up to one hour each day, while social distancing and adhering to good hygiene guidance.

Vulnerable groups should take extra care and also follow stay at home and stay safe measures, supported further by the social distance and good hygiene guidance.

Who does this guidance apply to?

Vulnerable groups applies to everyone, including children, who are at very high risk of severe illness from coronavirus (COVID-19) because of an underlying health condition, and for their family, friends and carers.

If you develop a fever or persistent cough, please contact the COVID 111 helpline.

This guidance should be used in situations where a vulnerable person is living in their own home, with or without additional support from friends, family and carers.  Public Health are advising those who are at increased risk of severe illness from coronavirus (COVID-19) to be particularly stringent in following social distancing measures.

Vulnerable groups:

  • aged 70 or older (regardless of medical conditions)

  • under 70 with an underlying health condition listed below (i.e. anyone instructed to get a flu jab as an adult each year on medical grounds):
    • chronic (long-term) respiratory diseases, such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema or bronchitis
    • chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
    • chronic kidney disease
    • chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis
    • chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis MS), a learning disability or cerebral palsy
    • diabetes
    • problems with your spleen – for example, sickle cell disease or if you have had your spleen removed
    • a weakened immune system as the result of conditions such as HIV and AIDS, or medicines such as steroid tablets or chemotherapy 
    • being seriously overweight (a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or above)

  • those who are pregnant

This advice is likely to be in place until further notice.

  0-69 70+ Any age member of the vulnerable group with an underlying health condition Pregnant
Wash hands more often
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Take up to an hour’s exercise outside each day
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Household isolation for 14 days * Yes Yes Yes Yes
Self-isolation for 14 days * Yes Yes Yes Yes
Social mixing in the community *** Advised against Strongly advised against Strongly advised against Strongly advised against
Having friends & family to the house Advised against Strongly advised against Strongly advised against Strongly advised against
Use the COVID-19 online assessment **** Advised Strongly advised Strongly advised Strongly advised
Vary daily commute & reduce use of public transport Advised Strongly advised Strongly advised Strongly advised
Home working Advised Strongly advised Strongly advised Strongly advised

* if one member of your family or household has a new continuous cough or high temperature 
** if you live alone and you have a new continuous cough or high temperature 
*** noting cinemas, theatres, pubs, bars, restaurants and clubs are now all required to close. If you meet others when you are outdoors (for example, on a walk) ensure that you stay at least 2 metres away. 
**** for example via telephone (COVID-19 111 helpline or online) 

Be aware: 
These measures have been put in place to protect the Island’s community, and are enforceable by law.   Legislation introduced under the Emergency Powers Act can see penalties of up to £10,000 or three months in prison  for those breaking rules on social distancing and self-isolation.   The Police can also issue on-the-spot fines of up to £250 for those infringing stay-at-home guidelines.  

There are also some clinical conditions which put people at even higher risk of severe illness for further details see Extremely Vulnerable– Shielding from COVID-19.