Earlier this week, the UK government updated rules and regulations to support the fight against covid-19 that specifically relate to employers, employees and workplaces in England.

There are three key changes I would like to make you aware of:

1) Businesses will be required to remind people to wear face coverings were this is a requirement and this will include their staff in relevant settings
The new guidance on face coverings is underpinned by amendments to regulations on face coverings that came into force on 24 September. The amendments require staff working in indoor public areas to wear a face covering where they come or are likely to come into contact with members of the public. The regulations make clear what areas these apply to, but they include, for example, theatres, bars and pubs. Penalties, starting at £200, apply to the individual not wearing the face covering, rather than their employer.

2) Preventing those who should be self-isolating from attending workplaces
A further change, again effective from 28 September, puts the onus on employers to prevent workers and agency workers who should be self-isolating from coming into the workplace. Where a self- isolating agency worker is aware of the requirement to self-isolate, the employer must not knowingly allow the worker or self-isolating agency worker to attend any place other than the designated place, during an isolation period, for any purpose related to the worker’s or self- isolating agency worker’s employment.

3) You are required to let us know if you need to self-isolate
The regulations also specify this is now a requirement– you should notify us as soon as reasonably practicable and not later than when you are next due to start work.

What does this mean?
1. Face masks will be more common and recommended in more settings. This may affect your assignment and you may be asked to wear one if you work in close contact to the general public.

2. We will not allow you to attend your assignment if you are required to self-isolate or require you to leave your designated place during your isolation for any reason.

3. You will need to let us know if you’re required to self-isolate; as a result of test & trace, close contacts or symptoms.

I’d like to take this opportunity to reassure you that we are doing all that we can to ensure we deliver our services in a covid-secure manner, and we will be following all guidelines robustly. If you have any questions on the above, please get in touch.

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