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The more than 2 million people who have been "shielding" from COVID-19 in England because they are deemed to be clinically extremely vulnerable will be allowed to spend time outdoors from Monday for the first time in 10 weeks.
The government said on Saturday that the 2.2 million will be able to go outside with members of their household, while continuing to follow social distancing guidelines to protect them from infection. Those who live alone can meet outside with one other person from another household.
"I do not underestimate just how difficult it has been for you, staying at home for the last 10 weeks, and I want to pay tribute to your resilience," Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in a statement released late on Saturday night.
BREAKING: 2.2 million high risk people whove been shielding can go outside for first time on Monday.
Either with members of household, or if they live alone to meet 1 person.
This announcement has come out of the blue, even for disability orgs. Ill be chasing details.
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