Coronavirus

In preparation for the tiered system which will come into play this week, the Government has updated its guidance on working safely during the pandemic. A total of 14 different guides have been published relating to various sectors such as retail, heritage, office work etc.

Click here to read the guidance.

A brief overview of the guidance: 

  • In tiers 1 and 2, clinically extremely vulnerable individuals are advised to work from home where possible but can still attend work if they cannot work from home.
  • In tier 3, clinically extremely vulnerable individuals are strongly advised to work from home but may still attend the workplace if they cannot work from home.
  • Most of the sector guidance includes a new "priority action" for employers to "consider the mental health and wellbeing aspects of COVID-19 for yourself and others."
  • The requirement to increase ventilation where possible and running ventilation systems at all times has been updated for winter for almost all sectors.
  • The sections on face coverings have been simplified in most of the sector guidance, referring to the following link for more detail.
  • For retail settings, employers are no longer required to ensure that all staff wear face coverings. However, they should support their workers who choose to wear a face covering. 

 


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Author: Rafia Ahmad

Senior Solicitor, ESP Law Ltd

Rafia trained and qualified with Wedlake Bell LLP, a London City law firm where she was an employment solicitor for six years before moving to the fast paced trading floor of Cantor Fitzgerald LLP, a London based New York prime brokerage/investment bank as in-house employment counsel. Prior to joining ESP, Rafia was a senior employment solicitor for five years with Backhouse Jones, the UK’s number one national road transport law firm. She advises on all employment matters both contentious and non-contentious including tribunal proceedings.

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