Faced with calls from business groups across a range of sectors affected by staff shortages due to employees being required to self-isolate, the Government has updated guidance which was first issued in May 2020.
A Parliamentary Select Committee has written to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to ask about its role enforcing Covid self-isolation rules amid what the MPs describe as a lack of clarity on the guidance issued to businesses.
We reported recently an announcement by Prime Minister Boris Johnson that certain critical workers would be able to leave self-isolation in exceptional circumstances (see Testing, vaccine passports and jabs for young people).
The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has announced that from 19 July double vaccinated frontline NHS and social care staff in England who have been told to self-isolate can attend work with testing mitigations in exceptional circumstances.
As England moved to the fourth step on the Government’s roadmap, with many restrictions lifted or at least made a matter of personal responsibility, more details have been made available about what lies ahead.
Following the Government’s confirmation that England will move to the final stage of relaxing Covid-19 lockdown restrictions from 19 July, the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) has urged caution with regard to people returning to workplaces.