The government has published a 60-page document this week giving their roadmap for recovery from the current restrictions. Things are still changing and evolving very quickly – I am writing this on 14 May 2020, and if you’re looking at it a few weeks later, you may have to check for updates.
You’ll find the document here. There are some key points for employers and employees starting from page 26 of the document, including the following quotes.
“For the foreseeable future, workers should continue to work from home rather than their normal physical workplace, wherever possible.
“This will help minimise the number of social contacts across the country and therefore keep transmissions as low as possible. All those who work are contributing taxes that help pay for the healthcare provision on which the UK rele who are able to work at home make it possible for people who have to attend work places in person to do so while minimising the risk of overcrowding on transport and in public places.
“All workers who cannot work from home should travel to work if their workplace is open. Sectors of the economy that are allowed to be open should be open, for example this includes food production, construction, manufacturing, logistics, distribution and scientific research in laboratories. The only exceptions to this are those workplaces such as hospitality and non-essential retail which during this first step the Government is requiring to remain closed.”
“As soon as practicable, workplaces should follow the new “COVID-19 Secure” guidelines…which will be published this week.”
“It remains the case that anyone who has symptoms, however mild, or is in a household where someone has symptoms, should not leave their house to go to work. Those people should self-isolate, as should those in their households”
I do hope that clears a few things up for you – if you want advice on what you can and cannot do on this topic, please give us a call and we’ll try to untangle it for you.