The Prime Minister has just announced that the UK is ‘approaching fast growth part of the virus curve’
Accordingly, the current advice is now to:
- stop non-essential contact with others.
- stop all unnecessary travel.
- Anyone who lives with someone who has a cough or a temperature should self isolate for 14.
(Once this advice is given by Public Health England, anyone taking this advice may be eligible for SSP.)
- People should start working from home if possible.
- Pubs, clubs, theatres and other such social venues should be avoided.
- People should only use the NHS when they really need to.
- From tomorrow government will no longer be “supporting” mass gatherings using emergency workers.
School closures are not currently required, but this may be necessary “at the right stage” of the outbreak.
Given the advice now being given you may wish to consider at what stage you will wish to implement the first stage of your contingency planning which might include:
- Identifying employees who may be at higher risk of contracting the Covid-19 and those who may be more vulnerable to the effects of the virus;
- How to reduce face to face contact with clients, customer and suppliers;
- Reducing those required to attend the workplace;
- Reducing travel – especially by public;
- Reducing social interaction;
- Increasing cleaning regimes
- Encouraging additional personal hygiene
- Consider what additional contingency planning is needed to temporarily reducing your workforce by lay-off or short-time working.
Please feel free to contact David Scott if you need any additional information or documents drafting.