UPDATE: Call under “Plan B” for home working where possible and will it affect our Christmas Party?

For those of you who did not see the announcement yesterday the government announced a tightening of restrictions in reaction to the new increased infection rates.

Working from Home

For employers the key change to note is that from Monday 13 December, those who can are advised to work from home. We know a number of you have been working to at least a partial return to the office and you will need to consider this in light of this change.  Full details have not as yet been published. See  https://www.gov.uk/government/news/prime-minister-confirms-move-to-plan-b-in-england

Will it affect our Christmas Party?

It is recommended that everyone should test using a lateral flow device, particularly before entering a high-risk setting involving people they would not normally come into contact with. From today, Friday 10 December, face coverings will become compulsory in most public indoor venues, such as cinemas, theatres and places of worship. There will be exemptions in venues where it is not practical to wear one, such as when you are eating, drinking or exercising.  Face masks will not be required in hospitality settings.

From Wednesday 15 December, and subject to parliamentary approval, a NHS Covid Pass on the NHS App will become mandatory for entry into nightclubs similar settings where large crowds gather (including unseated indoor events with 500 or more attendees, unseated outdoor events with 4,000 or more attendees and any event with 10,000 or more attendees).

People will be able to demonstrate proof of two vaccine doses via the app or proof of a negative lateral flow test will also be accepted.

Please note Public Health Scotland have asked employers to consider cancelling parties.

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