Covid-19 Business Update

Covid-19 Update

Step 1

Monday 11th May – Work from home if you can.  If you can’t, for instance those in construction or manufacturing, you are encouraged to go to work following safe working practices including social distancing.  When travelling to work use your own car, walk or cycle.  Avoid public transport.

New guidance for employers to make workplaces COVID-secure will be published this afternoon.

From Wednesday 13th May, people can take unlimited amounts of outdoor exercise.  You can sit in the sun in your local park, you can drive to other destinations, you can even play sport but only with members of your own household.

You must obey the rules on social distancing and to enforce those rules fines will be increased.

Step 2

At the earliest 1st June –Some shops and primary schools may open, beginning with reception, Year 1 and Year 6.  The ambition is to get secondary pupils facings exams next year some time with their teachers before the holidays.

Step 3

Earliest 1st July – Some of the hospitality industry and other public spaces may open providing they are safe and enforce social distancing.

All of this is conditional upon:

  • The science, data and “R” rate
  • Everyone following the advice
  • Observing social distancing

We are expecting further detailed guidance today and will keep you updated.  In the meantime, some immediate considerations are as follows.

  • Many employees may be anxious about coming back to work.  Keep speaking to them, listen to their concerns and reassure them of the safety measures you are putting in place.
  • The furlough scheme runs until 30 June 2020.  Rishi Sunak, Chancellor, is expected to announce changes to the scheme shortly.
  • What are you doing about annual leave?  You are able to enforce annual leave to prevent everyone wanting to take time off at the same time – this includes staff on furlough leave.

Team PSHR are here to help you navigate through this.

Emma Sheppard    07725 360372

Paula Phelan      07787 514971





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