Shielding ended today – 1 April – but Dorset residents can still ask for help if they need it.
People in this category will receive a letter from the government, if they haven’t already, advising them that they no longer need to shield. The letter also offers new guidance on how they can safely start to get back out and about.
Support from Dorset Council will remain in place for anyone who has been shielding and needs some extra help, as well as for anyone needing to self-isolate.
Help with things like grocery shopping, travelling to vaccination appointments or even dog walking can be requested online.
Cllr Laura Miller portfolio holder for Adult Social Care and Health said, “While cases continue to fall, coronavirus hasn’t gone away. Some people may want or need support to get back out into their community safely, others may need help because they need to self-isolate.
“If you need help and for whatever reason don’t have someone nearby who you can ask for support, please get in touch via our helpline on 01305 221000 or via online form at www.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/coronavirus.”
Help is available if you are experiencing financial difficulties or are feeling stressed or worried due to COVID-19. Visit www.dorsetcouncil/reaching-out or call Dorset Citizens Advice on 0800 144 8848.
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