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New COVID guidance for workplaces

by Guy Murphy

Knowsley Council has worked with Public Health England on revised COVID guidance for workplaces.

The COVID virus and how it is managed has changed over time, so all businesses are asked to familiarise themselves with the latest guidance being issued.

Consistent advice remains around maintaining social distancing as the virus is easily transmitted from person to person so interactions with other people should be minimised. Businesses that can remain open during the current lockdown period are encouraged to review their staffing arrangements and ensure that only staff that are essential to operations attend the workplace. Where possible staff are advised to work from home.

The guidance reiterates the main symptoms and what to do if a member of staff presents with those symptoms. Importantly, if they test positive, the member of staff (and their household, people in their support bubble and close contacts including work colleagues) must self isolate for 10 days. Even if other people around them don’t have symptoms and receive a negative test result, they must complete the 10-day self-isolation period.

The importance of workplaces undertaking internal contact tracing when they have notification of a positive test from an employee, and the strengthened close contact definitions, which take into consideration the increased transmissibility of newer strains of the virus are also included.

In the guidance document, organisations will also find key local contacts should you have an outbreak in your workplace, what to do if someone falls ill whilst at work, and also a range of Frequently Asked Questions which local businesses have asked from ‘what is a close contact?’  to ‘how to book a COVID test (for those who do and do not display any symptoms)’.

The full revised guidance can be downloaded here.