July 27, 2021
New guidance from the Cabinet Office on NHS Test & Trace, Employee Travel and Ventilation/Air Conditioning - Helping to understand the requirements, controls and responsibilities of employers and employees as we move out of the Covid-19 pandemic.
NHS Test & Trace -
In the small number of situations where the self-isolation of close contacts would result in serious disruption to critical services, a limited number of named workers may be able to leave self-isolation under specific controls for the purpose of undertaking critical work only.
A full list of government departments responsible for the different sectors is listed within the guidance, including the criteria for where workers may be deemed essential to ensuring the provision of critical services.
This process is only intended to run until 16 August 2021, when fully vaccinated close contacts will be exempt from self-isolation. The government will continue to engage closely on this with employers over the summer.
As you prepare for your employees to gradually return to your office(s), updated guidance from the Department for Transport explains how they can travel safely.
To note, this travel guidance and messaging applies to England only. Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales have their own guidance available as needed.
HSE have issued updated guidance on ventilation. In keeping with rules throughout the pandemic, employers must make sure there is an adequate supply of fresh air (ventilation) in enclosed areas of the workplace.