We sent out the NASP guidelines earlier today, so that people can start to think about what they will need to do to prepare for going back to work. Our current advice remains as it has been, that people should not be working unless teaching key workers.
If you missed last night’s webinar you can view it here.
The Government has just issued a new document on Staying Safe Outside Your Home.
It refers to another document Guidance for Employers and Businesses on Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Governing Committee member Charles Moffat has been burning the midnight oil to read it. In a former life part of Charles’ job was to interpret legal and Government documentation and we are very grateful to him. He has identified some points of relevance to us –
- You are at higher risk of being directly exposed to respiratory droplets (released by talking or coughing) when you are within two metres of someone and have face-to-face contact with them. You can lower the risk of infection if you stay side-to-side rather than facing someone.
- You can lower the risks of transmission in the workplace by reducing the number of people you come into contact with regularly, where you can.
- If you can, wear a face covering in an enclosed space where social distancing isn’t possible and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet. This is most relevant for short periods indoors in crowded areas, for example, on public transport or in some shops. Evidence suggests that wearing a face covering does not protect you. However, if you are infected but have not yet developed symptoms, it may provide some protection for others you come into close contact with. Face coverings do not replace social distancing.
- encourage the use of digital and remote transfers of material where possible rather than paper format, such as using e-forms, emails and e-banking
- where it is not possible to remain 2 metres apart, staff should work side by side or facing away from each other, rather than face to face if possible
- where face-to-face contact is essential, this should be kept to 15 minutes or less wherever possible
And thanks to Jean O’Brien for letting us know that she this morning she has received her grant, having only applied on Thursday. She said well done HMRC. I hope that everyone that qualifies gets theirs as quickly.
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