The UK has now moved into the delay stage of dealing with Covid-19. People are very concerned, growing numbers of businesses are being affected and with yesterday’s announcement of schools closing from Friday, that impact is going to be felt all the more. We’ve put together our answers for the ten questions that we are most frequently being asked by our clients.
1. When do my staff need to self isolate?
Guidance from the Government issued on 18 March is that people should stay at home for seven days if they have a high temperature and/or a new continuous cough. If someone lives with other people with these symptoms, they should stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person got symptoms.
Employees don’t need to call the NHS 111 number unless they cannot cope with their symptoms at home, their condition gets worse or their symptoms don’t get better after seven days.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) is now advising against all but essential travel outside of the UK. Anyone returning from overseas should consult the country specific advice on the FCO website before returning to work. Anyone else can continue to work unless they have been informed that they have been in contact with a confirmed case of Covid-19 (though see our advice on question 2 below).