The Prime Minister has confirmed that Step 4 of the Roadmap out of lockdown restrictions will proceed as planned on 19 July.
The government is adopting a more cautious tone than it had previously. The next step is a balance of risks, and the public has been reminded to be cautious. Rules will be replaced with guidance which will emphasise personal responsibility.
From 19th July 2021…
The majority of legal restrictions will be removed. The Government expects and recommends that:
Face coverings are worn in crowded and enclosed spaces, and people are being encouraged to meet outside where possible.
The return of employees to the workplace should be gradual.
Positive cases and contacts of positive cases identified by NHS Test and Trace will still be legally required to self-isolate.
Nightclubs and other large event organisers are advised to ask for proof that people have had their vaccinations.
The Construction Leadership Council’s Site Operating Procedure is being reviewed.
THSP will update the MyTHSP Coronavirus area following the publication of the above supporting guidance.
What do I need to do?
You still have a legal duty to manage risks to those affected by your business. Carry out a risk assessment, including the risk of COVID-19, and take reasonable steps to mitigate the risks they identify. You should consider including:
- cleaning surfaces that people touch regularly,
- identifying poorly ventilated areas in the venue and taking steps to improve air flow,
- ensuring that staff and customers who are unwell do not attend the workplace or venue, and
- communicating to staff and customers the measures you have put in place.
In higher risk settings, use the NHS COVID Pass as a condition of entry, especially in large, crowded settings where people are likely to be in close proximity to others outside their household.
Clinically extremely vulnerable staff are advised to follow the same guidance as everyone else, however you should carefully consider precautions they can take. See guidance for the clinically extremely vulnerable.
You must be cautious when reviewing your existing workplace control measures, and you may choose to continue to adopt those that you already have in place. With cases rising, everybody needs to continue to act carefully and remain aware of the dangers.
The Government are keeping in place key protections:
- testing when you have symptoms, and targeted asymptomatic testing in education, and high risk workplaces to help people manage their personal risk,
- isolating when positive or when contacted by NHS Test and Trace,
- border quarantine: for all arriving from red list countries and for those people not fully vaccinated arriving from amber list countries,
- cautious guidance for individuals, businesses and the vulnerable whilst prevalence is high.
It is important to consult with employees and provide support and assistance where necessary. Understand any concerns they may have, particularly when returning to the workplace, and provide clear instructions, rules and guidance to them to enable them to adapt to any workplace changes.