Find out changes to our services and advice in response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Shielding and food options

New guidance has been issued for people who are shielding following the Stay at Home Guidance announced by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon on 4 January.

  • If you were shielding previously, you should now take extra care and stay home as much as possible.
  • If you cannot work from home, you should not attend work. You should receive a letter from the Chief Medical Officer and this will count as evidence for your employer that you should not go into work. You do not need a further note from your doctor. If possible, ask if you can be furloughed.
  • If you are self-employed, you may qualify for support under the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme. The online service for this grant is available at
  • You should only go to a shop if there is absolutely no alternative - we have a list of different ways you can get food support here. (Link to food advice) There will NOT be regular food boxes, even if you got one previously.
  • You can still leave the house for exercise. The recommendation is to leave the house once a day for exercise.
  • You can meet one person from another household outside.
  • You can visit someone if you are in an extended household with them.
  • If you are in the shielding group, you should only go shopping if there is no alternative. If you do need to go to a shop, try and stick to times when it won't be busy - early morning, later in the evening. Do not use public transport, including taxis.

Shopping alternatives that will help you stay home and stay safe

Online shopping

Delivery slots are difficult to get, but if you are on the government shielding list, you should have more access and be able to book dates further in advance. If you're on the government's vulnerable list but do not have priority access, you can call customer services for your chosen supermarket and they will assist you.

Volunteer cards

Tesco, Aldi, Asda, Co-op, Marks and Spencers, Sainsburys and Waitrose all have 'volunteer' cards which you can buy online and then give to the person who is helping you to get shopping. Morrisons suggest using their normal vouchers. These work like normal vouchers - you add money to the card and then give it to the person who is helping you. Most of these are online, but the co-op card can be bought over the phone (08000 294 592).


Several grocery shops now have a presence on apps like Deliveroo. This includes Sainsburys, Co-op, Aldi and Morrisons. These apps can deliver in less than an hour, but have limited stock.

At present, Deliveroo coverage is mainly for Perth City - it doesn't cover some of the smaller towns.

Morrisons box

Morrisons have created a cupboard essentials box.

Register, then choose a Food Box - you can register on the phone or online. The box will arrive the next day and you can choose between essentials, fruit or special boxes depending on your needs. If you need to call: Morrisons Customer Service Team on 0345 611 6111

Community support

Perth and Kinross Council have collated information on local businesses and voluntary community groups, who are offering to help with shopping, collecting prescriptions and other activities. This information is available as downloadable documents on our Coronavirus: Community support  webpage and you can contact them directly for help with shopping or other urgent tasks

Food banks

If you have no funds left or are struggling financially you can apply for a crisis grant for day to day living expenses for essential items such as food, heating costs, nappies, toiletries and travel costs or ask for a foodbank referral by calling 0345 30 111 00.