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UK | COVID-19: Restrictions and measures in place across the UK, how does it affect your workplace?

The first week of November 2020 brought forth a number of changes in Covid-19 related restrictions and measures. Here we provide an overview and associated guidance relevant to the workplace

The UK has taken a localised approach to reduce risks related to Covid-19, with each nation having their own system.
In England:
From Thursday 5 November 2020, England will be facing new restrictions which limit non-essential travel and shopping. People are asked to stay home unless it is to fulfil an essential purpose. Work is considered an essential purpose if the employee can not work from home. These measures were passed by The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (No. 4) Regulations 2020 (03/Nov/2020) and will be in place until Wednesday 2 December 2020.
  • Where your employees cannot work from home, workplace precautions must still be in place. Find guidance from the HSE here
  •  For your employees working from home, find additional guidance here
In Wales:
The Firebreak restrictions currently in place end on Monday 9 November 2020. The Welsh government has published guidance for what to do after these end.
  • After the end of the restrictions, employers should continue to consider alternatives to on-site work which can still meet all the needs of the company.
  • Businesses must take all reasonable precautions in the workplace.
The Welsh government has also updated their guidance for several sectors including Manufacturing and Offices (full list available here)
In Scotland:
The new 5 tier system is now in place in Scotland. People should limit to essential purposes of their travels between different tier areas. Where possible, working from home is still advised. Travel to other parts of the UK and the world is discouraged as to limit potential infections.
In Northern Ireland:
The 4-week restriction plan continues to apply. These are currently expected to end on Nov 13 2020.

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