The UK Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy
After last night’s announcement left many questions unanswered, the government has now released a 60-page document outlining their recovery strategy to rebuild the UK. You can read the
full document here
The document highlights the government aim to return life to as close to normal as possible, for as many people as possible, as fast and fairly as possible. In a way that avoids a new epidemic, minimises lives lost and maximises health, economic and social outcomes.
Detailed guidance and projected dates for phases two (smarter controls) and three (reliable treatment) of the government’s three phased recovery strategy can be found within this latest release.
COVID-19 Secure guidelines which will detail how physical spaces can be adapted will be released this week. The clinically extremely vulnerable are advised to continue shielding for some time yet, with more support and assistance expected.
Who can go to work?
Where work is concerned, workers should continue to work from home for the foreseeable future. From Wednesday 13th May, those who cannot work from home are permitted to travel to work if their workplace is open, avoiding public transport where possible.
Sectors of the economy that are permitted to be open from Wednesday are listed as:
- Food production
- Scientific research in laboratories.
Exceptions to this are those workplaces such as hospitality and nonessential retail which must remain closed during this first recovery stage.
The opening of non-essential retail is subject to the new COVID-19 Secure guidelines and expected to happen in phases from 1st June, if safe to do so. Further guidance will be released.
Hairdressers, beauty salons, hospitality including pubs and accommodation, cinemas and leisure facilities are expected to remain closed at least until 4th July, subject to government findings through phase 2 and successfully meeting the COVID-19 Secure guidelines.
It is advised not to travel to different parts of the UK and respect the rules in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Should we be wearing face masks?
The government advice is that people should be wearing a “face-covering” in enclosed spaces where social distancing is not always possible, when in contact with those who you would not usually meet. E.g on public transport or in shops.
Homemade face-coverings are said to be effective and are not the same as facemasks, which should be reserved for those who need them the most. Face-coverings are not advised for children under 2 or those who may find them difficult to manage correctly.
We strongly advise that you familiarise yourself with the full
document. Further guidance is to be released regarding how to make sure your business is COVID-19 Secure before bringing employees back to work.
If you have questions about how to manage your staff at this time or regarding the reopening of your business, please call us.
HR Dept Staines-upon-Thames