What do the new lockdown rules mean for workers?
As we head back into deeper restrictions, we hope all our users and customers can stay safe.
Lockdown can be confusing with different rules in different regions, and even for different industries – below are some links to help you comply and stay safe. Here is the official advice from the UK Government on working during the National Lockdown as of 5th January.
Going to work
You may only leave your home for work if you cannot reasonably work from home.
Where people cannot work from home - including, but not limited to, people who work in critical national infrastructure, construction, or manufacturing - they should continue to travel to their workplace. This is essential to keeping the country operating and supporting sectors and employers.
Public sector employees working in essential services, including childcare or education, should continue to go into work.
Where it is necessary for you to work in other people’s homes - for example, for nannies, cleaners or tradespeople - you can do so. Otherwise, you should avoid meeting for work in a private home or garden, where COVID-19 Secure measures may not be in place.
Employers and employees should discuss their working arrangements, and employers should take every possible step to facilitate their employees working from home, including providing suitable IT and equipment to enable remote working.
The risk of transmission can be substantially reduced if COVID-19 secure guidelines are followed closely. Extra consideration should be given to those people at higher risk.
Other Rules and Regional Variations
This and other guidance is available from the UK government here You can find similar guidance specific to Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. Please check your local regional assembly sites for the most up to date and accurate information for your area, which may also vary by council.