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Coronavirus

The Winter Plan was released yesterday, with Plan B outlining that the NHS Covid Pass would only recognise double jab only. There were no clear metrics as to when the Britain would switch from Plan A to Plan B, nor absolute clarity on which setting ‘Business Events – Trade and Consumer Shows’ sit (we have already queried this).

People who are double jabbed or aged under 18 are no longer legally required to self-isolate if they are identified as a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case.  They are now advised to take a PCR test as soon as possible, whilst maintaining caution, and self-isolate if the test result is positive.

A reminder that, from Monday this week, people who have received two doses of approved covid vaccine or who are aged under 18 are no longer legally required to self-isolate if they are identified as a close contact of a positive case.  They will routinely be able to attend work if they do not have symptoms.

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) have confirmed they will continue to carry out spot checks on businesses across the country to ensure they have the appropriate measures in place to protect their employees from the risk of COVID-19 – despite the end of restrictions in England.

Critical worker list ‘extended’

According to the Financial Times, 20% of the UK workforce were absent due to either positive COVID-19 test results or self-isolation last week* (w/c 12 July), causing huge staff shortages for employers.

Did you know, it’s predicted the UK could face 2 million* cases of COVID-19 during the summer months?

As the impacts of Covid-19 continue to influence the business landscape, the CBI is working with EY to produce a report, providing detailed analysis into the SME financing landscape.

The government will abolish domestic legal restrictions in England on individuals relating to Covid but has urged people to follow many of the practices the law has hitherto required.  The changes take effect from July 19th. 

Key points announced this week: 

On the 5th July 2021, the Prime Minister announced the proposed implementation of Stage 4 of the four step ‘road map’, to remove ost COVID-19 restrictions in England with the effect from 19th July 2021. The actual decision as to whether this will occur will not take place until 12th July 2021.

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