Covonavirus / Covid-19 Fact Pack courtesy of She Who Organises Christmas Trees

Julia Lopez MP

If you are looking for excellent coronavirus information (19th March) then look no further ‘cos Julia Lopez, Wapping resident, mum, Cabinet Secretary and MP for Hornchurch and Upminster has published it on her website.

Apparently the content in the link above is from the briefing pack given to MPs (posh, eh? And we didn’t even have to do any of that getting elected stuff!) and we have nicked the Annexs’? Anni? Annex’s? Annexum? best information at the bottom of the page. Cheers Julia!

You can also refer to the LBTH Coronavirus (COVID-19) page.

Note: As ever the info on this page is subject to change blah blah blah moment’s notice blah blah and you should always check the original official source. 

Annex 1: How to access government financial support

This information has been provided by HM Treasury, and is available online at https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/873676/  Covid-19_fact_sheet_18_March.pdf

INFORMATION FOR INDIVIDUALS

If you think you are entitled to Statutory Sick Pay (SSP), please read the following information:

You can get £94.25 per week Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) if you’re too ill to work. It’s paid by your employer for up to 28 weeks.

If you are self-isolating because of COVID-19:

From 13 March, you can now claim SSP. This includes individuals who are caring for people self-isolating in the same household and therefore have been advised to do a household quarantine. To check your sick pay entitlement, you should talk to your employer, and visit https://www.gov.uk/statutory-sick-pay   for more information.

•When does SSP apply? The government is legislating for SSP to be paid from day 1, rather than day 4, of your absence from workif you are absent from work due to sickness or need to self-isolate caused by COVID-19. Once the legislation has been passed, this will apply retrospectively from 13 March. You should talk to your employer if you are eligible for SSP and need to claim.

•Do I need a sick note? From Friday 20 March onwards, those who have COVID-19 or are advised to self- isolate will be able to obtain an “isolation note” by visiting NHS 111 online and completing an online form, rather than visiting a doctor. For COVID-19 cases this replaces the usual need to provide a “fit note” after seven days of sickness absence. Isolation notes will also be accepted by Jobcentre Plus as evidence of your inability to attend.

•What if I am self-employed or not eligible for SSP? If you are not eligible for SSP – for example if you are self-employed or earning below the Lower Earnings Limit of £118 per week – and you have COVID- 19 or are advised to self-isolate, you can now more easily make a claim for Universal Credit (UC) or new style Employment and Support Allowance. For more information on how to claim, please visit https://www.gov.uk/universal-credit   and https://www.gov.uk/guidance/new-style-employment-and-   support-allowance .

•What if I am self-employed and receiving Universal Credit? If you are self-employed and receiving Universal Credit and you have COVID-19 or are advised to self-isolate, the requirements of the Minimum Income Floor will be temporarily relaxed. This change took effect on 13 March and will last for the duration of the outbreak, to ensure that self-employed UC claimants will receive support.

If you need to claim Universal Credit but have COVID-19 or are self-isolating, you will now be able to claim and to access advance payments upfront without needing to attend a Jobcentre Plus. Please visit https://www.gov.uk/universal-credit   for more information.

If you need to claim Universal Credit but have COVID-19 or are self-isolating, you will now be able to claim and to access advance payments upfront without needing to attend a Jobcentre Plus. Please visit https://www.gov.uk/universal-credit   for more information.

If you are eligible for new style Employment and Support Allowance, it will now be payable from day 1 of sickness, rather than day 8, if you have COVID-19 or are advised to self-isolate.

If you think you may need financial support from your Local Authority in England, you may be entitled to support from the £500 million Hardship Fund:

•Most of this funding will be used to provide more Council Tax relief, either through existing Local Council Tax Support schemes, or through similar measures.

•The Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) will set out more detail on this funding, including allocations, shortly.

•If you have any questions, please contact your Local Authority.

If you are experiencing financial difficulties meeting your mortgage repayments because of COVID-19, you may be entitled to a mortgage or rental holiday for 3 months. This includes if you are a landlord whose tenants are experiencing financial difficulties because of COVID-19. If you are a tenant experiencing financial difficulties because of COVID-19, the government will ensure you do not face the threat of eviction for at least 3 months:

•The government has agreed with mortgage lenders that they will offer repayment holidays of 3 months to households in financial difficulty due to COVID-19.

•This will also apply to landlords whose tenants are experiencing financial difficulties because of COVID- 19.

•The offer of a payment holiday can be made available to customers who are up to date with payments and not already in arrears.

•Customers who are concerned about their current financial situation should contact their lender at the earliest possible opportunity to discuss if this is a suitable option for them.

•Emergency legislation will be taken forward so that landlords will not be able to start proceedings to evict tenants for at least a 3 month period. This applies to private and social renters.

•At the end of this period, landlords and tenants will be expected to work together to establish an affordable repayment plan, taking into account tenants’ individual circumstances.

If you are experiencing difficulties paying back personal loans or credit card bills as a result of COVID- 19, you should read the following information:

•The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) called on lenders to use flexibility built into their rules to support consumers, taking into account customers’ individual circumstances. Many major lenders have already made statements to this effect.

•If you are experiencing difficulties paying back loans or credit card bills because of COVID-19, you should talk to your lender.

•If you agree a payment holiday with your lender, they should record these in such a way that will not impact on your credit score.

INFORMATION FOR BUSINESSES

If you are a small- or medium-sized business, you may be entitled to reclaim the costs of Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) for sickness absence due to COVID-19:

•This refund will cover up to two weeks’ SSP per eligible employee who are either ill or been told to self- isolate because of COVID-19. This is in line with the recommended isolation period. Guidance on self- isolation can be found here: www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19 .

•Employers with fewer than 250 employees will be eligible. The size of an employer will be determined by the number of people they employed as of 28 February 2020.

•Employers will be able to reclaim expenditure for any employee who has claimed SSP (according to the new eligibility criteria) as a result of COVID-19.

•Employers should maintain records of staff absences, but employees will not need to provide a GP fit note.

•The eligible period for the scheme began on 13 March.

•The government will work with employers over the coming months to set up the repayment mechanism for employers as soon as possible. Existing systems are not designed to facilitate employer refunds for SSP.

Some businesses, including nurseries, in England will be eligible for a Business Rates holiday for 1 year from 1 April 2020:

•If you are currently receiving the retail discount for your Business Rates bill, you will receive a revised bill with 100% relief shortly.

•If your business occupies a property in the retail sector with a rateable value of £51,000 or more, or if your business occupies a property in the leisure or hospitality sectors you may also be eligible for the 100% discount on your business rates bill.

•You will shortly hear from your Local Authority. If you have any questions, you should contact your Local Authority.

•If you are a nursery, you will be entitled to the 100% relief for the next year. You should contact your Local Authority for more information.

•Guidance for Local Authorities will be published by MHCLG by 20 March.

If your business is eligible for small business rate relief or rural rate relief in England, you are entitled to a one-off cash grant of £10,000:

•If your business is in the retail, hospitality or leisure sector in England, then you may also be entitled to a cash grant. If you have a property with a rateable value of less than £15,000 then you will be entitled to a grant of £10,000, whether or not you are entitled to small business rate relief or rural rate relief. If you have a property with a rateable value of between £14,999 and £51,000 then you will be entitled to a cash grant of £25,000.

•The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) will provide guidance for Local Authorities on how to administer these grants shortly.

•If you are an eligible business, your Local Authority will then be in touch in the coming weeks to provide details of how to claim this money.

If your small-or medium-sized business in England is facing cash flow issues as a result of COIVD-19, please read the following information:

•A new temporary Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme, delivered by the British Business Bank, will launch at the start of next week to support businesses to access bank lending and overdrafts.

•The government will provide lenders with a partial guarantee of 80% on each loan to give lenders further confidence in continuing to provide finance to SMEs.

•The government will not charge businesses or banks for this guarantee, and the Scheme will support loans of up to £5 million in value. The first 6 months of these loans will be interest-free, as the Government will cover these payments.

•Businesses will be able to get finance under the scheme from a large number of providers, including the main high street banks, as of next week.

•Businesses will remain responsible for repaying any facility they take out.

•For further information, please visit: https://www.british-business-bank.co.uk/ourpartners/coronavirus-   business-interruption-loan-scheme-cbils/ .

If you are a large business facing cash flow issues as a result of COIVD-19, you may want to read the following information:

•Companies commonly sell short term debt (‘commercial paper’) to the market. This is a quick and cost effective to raise working capital.

•The new COVID-19 Corporate Financing Facility means that the Bank of England will buy short term debt from companies.

•This will support companies which are fundamentally strong, but have been affected by a short-term funding squeeze, enabling them to continue financing their short-term liabilities. It will also support corporate finance markets overall and ease the supply of credit to all firms.

•Further details can be found here in the exchange of letters between the Governor of the Bank of England and the Chancellor, found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/launch-of-covid-19-   corporate-financing-facility-ccff .

If you are self-employed or own a business and you are concerned about not being able to pay your tax bills because of COVID-19, you may be eligible for support through Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs’ (HMRC) Time to Pay service:

•If you think you or your business is eligible for support through Time to Pay, you can call the following helpline number to get practical help and advice: 0800 0159 559.

•These arrangements are agreed on a case-by-case basis and are tailored to individual circumstances and liabilities.

•For more information, please check the HMRC site here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/tax-  helpline-to-support-businesses-affected-by-coronavirus-covid-19 .

If you own a pub that serves food or a restaurant in England, you will be able to operate a hot food takeaway to serve people staying at home, without going through the usual planning process:

•The Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) will shortly legislate to bring forward a temporary Permitted Development Right to allow for change of use from A3 (Restaurant) and A4 (Pub) to A5 (Hot Food Takeaway).

•The intention is that once the legislation has come into force a pub or restaurant will be able to notify their Local Authority that they are now operating as a takeaway without any prior approval.

If you contract your services to large- or medium-sized organisations outside of the public sector you should read the following information:

•The government announced on 17 March that the reform to the off-payroll working rules (commonly known as IR35) – that would have applied for people contracting their services to large or medium-sized organisations outside the public sector – will be delayed for one year from 6 April 2020 until 6 April 2021.

•Business and individuals do not need to take any action.

If the only barrier to your business making an insurance claim was a lack of clarity on whether the government advising people to stay away from businesses, rather than ordering businesses to shut down, was sufficient to make a claim on business interruption insurance:

•The government’s medical advice of 16 March is sufficient to enable those businesses which have an insurance policy that covers both pandemics and government ordered closure to make a claim – provided all other terms and conditions in their policy are met. Businesses should check the terms and conditions of their specific policy and contact their providers if in doubt.

•However, most businesses have not purchased insurance that covers pandemic related losses. As such, any affected businesses should note the government’s full package of support, including the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme and business rates holiday.

Annex 2: Government and NHS guidance

Guidance for staying at home

What you need to know

•if you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus illness (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started. (The ending isolation  section below has more information)

•if you live with others and you are the first in the household to have symptoms of coronavirus, then then you must stay at home for 7days, but all other household members who remain well must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill. See explanatory diagram

•for anyone else in the household who starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for 7 days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14 day isolation period. (The ending isolation  section below has more information, and see explanatory diagram

•it is likely that people living within a household will infect each other or be infected already. Staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community

•if you can, move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period

•if you cannot move vulnerable people out of your home, stay away from them as much as possible

•if you have coronavirus symptoms:

o do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital

o you do not need to contact 111 to tell them you’re staying at home o testing for coronavirus is not needed if you’re staying at home

•plan ahead and ask others for help to ensure that you can successfully stay at home and consider what can be done for vulnerable people in the household

•ask your employer, friends and family to help you to get the things you need to stay at home

•wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, each time using soap and water, or use hand sanitiser

•if you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home, or your condition gets worse, or your symptoms do not get better after 7 days, then use the NHS 111 online  coronavirus service. If you do not have internet access, call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999

For more information visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-   guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection

Guidance on social distancing and for vulnerable people

Those who are at increased risk of severe illness from Covid-19 should be particularly stringent in following social distancing measures:

•aged 70 or older (regardless of medical conditions)

•under 70 with an underlying health condition listed below (ie anyone instructed to get a flu jab as an adult each year on medical grounds):

o chronic (long-term) respiratory diseases, such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema or bronchitis

o chronic heart disease, such as heart failure o chronic kidney disease

o chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis

o chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), a learning disability or cerebral palsy

o diabetes

o problems with your spleen – for example, sickle cell disease or if you have had your spleen removed

o a weakened immune system as the result of conditions such as HIV and AIDS, or medicines such as steroid tablets or chemotherapy

o being seriously overweight (a BMI of 40 or above)

•those who are pregnant

Note: there are some clinical conditions which put people at even higher risk of severe illness from COVID-

If you are in this category, next week the NHS in England will directly contact you with advice the more stringent measures you should take in order to keep yourself and others safe. For now, you should rigorously follow the social distancing advice in full, outlined below.

People falling into this group are those who may be at particular risk due to complex health problems such as:

•People who have received an organ transplant and remain on ongoing immunosuppression medication

•People with cancer who are undergoing active chemotherapy or radiotherapy

•People with cancers of the blood or bone marrow such as leukaemia who are at any stage of treatment

•People with severe chest conditions such as cystic fibrosis or severe asthma (requiring hospital admissions or courses of steroid tablets)

•People with severe diseases of body systems, such as severe kidney disease (dialysis)

What is social distancing:

Social distancing measures are steps you can take to reduce the social interaction between people. This will help reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19).

They are:

•Avoid contact with someone who is displaying symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19). These symptoms include high temperature and/or new and continuous cough

•Avoid non-essential use of public transport, varying your travel times to avoid rush hour, when possible

•Work from home, where possible. Your employer should support you to do this. Please refer to employer guidance for more information

•Avoid large gatherings, and gatherings in smaller public spaces such as pubs, cinemas, restaurants, theatres, bars, clubs

•Avoid gatherings with friends and family. Keep in touch using remote technology such as phone, internet, and social media

•Use telephone or online services to contact your GP or other essential services

Everyone should be trying to follow these measures as much as is pragmatic.

We strongly advise you to follow the above measures as much as you can and to significantly limit your face- to-face interaction with friends and family if possible, particularly if you:

•are over 70

•have an underlying health condition

•are pregnant

This advice is likely to be in place for some weeks.

Advice for informal carers:

If you are caring for someone who is vulnerable, there are some simple steps that you can take to protect them and to reduce their risk at the current time.

Ensure you follow advice on good hygiene such as:

•wash your hands on arrival and often, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitiser

•cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze

•put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards

•do not visit if you are unwell and make alternative arrangements for their care

•provide information on who they should call if they feel unwell, how to use NHS 111 online coronavirus service and leave the number for NHS 111 prominently displayed

•find out about different sources of support that could be used and access further advice on creating a contingency plan is available from Carers UK

•look after your own well-being and physical health during this time. Further information on this is available here

For more information visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-social-   distancing-and-for-vulnerable-people/guidance-on-social-distancing-for-everyone-in-the-uk-and-protecting-   older-people-and-vulnerable-adults

Guidance for staff in the transport sector

What you need to know:

•if someone becomes unwell while at a transport hub or on their journey with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature, they should be sent home

•passengers should wash their hands for 20 seconds before and after they have been on public transport and catch coughs and sneezes in tissues

•frequently clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are touched regularly, using your standard cleaning products

•advise passengers they should not travel if they are feeling unwell with symptoms of coronavirus (COVID- 19) – a new, continuous cough or high temperature. This will also help to protect others from infection

•use announcements in transport hubs to reinforce key messages, such as washing hands before and after travel, and what to do if unwell

For more information visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-staff-in-the-   transport-sector/covid-19-guidance-for-staff-in-the-transport-sector

Guidance for residential care

Steps care home providers can take to maintain services:

Care home providers are advised to work with local authorities to establish plans for mutual aid, including sharing of the workforce between providers, and with local primary and community health services providers, and with deployment of volunteers where that is safe to do so.

Care home providers are invited to consider ways in which they can contribute to keeping people safe across the local area, including the following where possible:

•use tools to report capacity for bed vacancies (such as the Capacity Tracker or Care Pulse) to support system resilience

•use tools for the secure transfer of information, such as NHSMail, recognising that not all providers currently have access to NHSMail

•increase the use of Skype and other tools for secure virtual conference calls, to ensure advice from GPs, acute care staff, and community health staff can be given

Care home providers will routinely be procuring personal protective equipment (PPE) such as gloves and aprons. In addition, there will be a free issue of PPE to support adult social care providers to support compliance with the updated advice. This will be issued from the pandemic influenza stockpile. Arrangements will be put in place for adult social care providers to access further PPE as necessary.

If a resident has symptoms of Covid-19

Care homes are not expected to have dedicated isolation facilities for people living in the home but should implement isolation precautions when someone in the home displays symptoms of COVID-19 in the same way that they would operate if an individual had influenza. If isolation is needed, a resident’s own room can be used. Ideally the room should be a single bedroom with en suite facilities.

All staff will be trained in hand hygiene. Much of the care delivered in care homes will require close personal contact. Where a resident is showing symptoms of COVID-19, steps should be taken to minimise the risk of transmission through safe working procedures. Staff should use personal protective equipment (PPE) for activities that bring them into close personal contact, such as washing and bathing, personal hygiene and contact with bodily fluids. Aprons, gloves and fluid repellent surgical masks should be used in these situations. If there is a risk of splashing, then eye protection will minimise risk.

New PPE must be used for each episode of care. It is essential that used PPE is stored securely within disposable rubbish bags. These bags should be placed into another bag, tied securely and kept separate from other waste within the room. This should be put aside for at least 72 hours before being disposed of as normal. Care homes have well-established processes for waste management.

Clean frequently touched surfaces. Personal waste (such as used tissues, continence pads and other items soiled with bodily fluids) and disposable cleaning cloths can be stored securely within disposable rubbish bags. These bags should be placed into another bag, tied securely and kept separate from other waste within the room. This should be put aside for at least 72 hours before being disposed of as normal.

Do not shake dirty laundry – this minimises the possibility of dispersing virus through the air. Wash items as appropriate in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. Dirty laundry that has been in contact with an ill person can be washed with other people’s items. Items heavily soiled with body fluids, such as vomit or diarrhoea, or items that cannot be washed, should be disposed of, with the owner’s consent.

Personal protective equipment

If neither the care worker nor the individual receiving care and support is symptomatic, then no personal protective equipment is required above and beyond normal good hygiene practices.

General interventions may include increased cleaning activity to reduce risk of retention of virus on hard surfaces, and keeping property properly ventilated by opening windows whenever safe and appropriate.

For more information visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-residential-care-   supported-living-and-home-care-guidance/covid-19-guidance-on-residential-care-provision

Guidance for supported living provision

Steps that supported living providers can take to maintain services

To maintain service delivery, providers of supported living are advised to:

1.review their list of clients, and ensure that it is up to date, including the levels of informal support available to individuals. Providers should consider how they could share this information electronically, if they receive a legitimate request, including what the dataset might be.

2.work with local authorities to identify people who fund their own care and help them to establish the levels of informal support available. It may be helpful for providers to share the number of hours of care they provide to help with planning, but they will want to satisfy themselves that it is lawful for them to share that information.

3.map all care and support plans commissioned by the local authority, to inform planning during an outbreak.

4.work with local authorities to establish plans for mutual aid, including sharing of the workforce between supported living and home care providers, and with local primary and community health services providers; and with deployment of volunteers where that is safe to do so.

5.note the arrangements that local authorities and CCGs and NHS 111 are putting in place to refer vulnerable people self-isolating at home to volunteers who can offer practical and emotional support.

Personal protective equipment

The risk of transmission should be minimised through safe working procedures. Care workers should use personal protective equipment for activities that bring them into close personal contact, such as washing and bathing, personal hygiene and contact with bodily fluids.

Aprons, gloves and fluid repellent surgical masks should be used in these situations.

In particular cases, if there is a risk of splashing then eye protection will minimise risk.

New personal protective equipment must be used for each episode of care. It is essential that personal protective equipment is stored securely within disposable rubbish bags.

These bags should be placed into another bag, tied securely and kept separate from other waste within the room. This should be put aside for at least 72 hours before being put in the usual household waste bin for disposal.

If neither the individual in supported living nor care worker have symptoms of Covid-19

If neither the care worker nor the individual receiving care and support is symptomatic, then no personal protective equipment is required above and beyond normal good hygiene practices.

General interventions may include increased cleaning activity to reduce risk of retention of the virus on hard surfaces, and keeping property properly ventilated by opening windows whenever safe and appropriate.

Care workers should follow advice on hand hygiene.

For more information visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-residential-care-   supported-living-and-home-care-guidance/covid-19-guidance-for-supported-living-provision

Guidance on home care provision

Steps for home care providers to maintain delivery of care

Home care providers are advised to:

1.review their list of clients, and ensure that it is up to date, including levels of informal support available to individuals. Providers should consider how they could benefit from sharing this information electronically with local partners, if they receive a legitimate request, including what the dataset might be

2.work with local authorities to establish plans for mutual aid, taking account of their business continuity plans, and consider arrangements to support sharing of the workforce between home care providers, and with local primary and community services providers; and with deployment of volunteers where that is safe to do so

3.note the arrangements that local authorities, CCGs, and NHS 111 are putting in place to refer vulnerable people self-isolating at home to volunteers who can offer practical and emotional support

Home care providers will routinely be procuring personal protective equipment (PPE) such as gloves and aprons. In addition, there will be a free issue of PPE to support adult social care providers (residential care and domiciliary care) to comply with the updated advice on use of PPE to support management of symptomatic patients presenting in these settings. This will be issued from the pandemic influenza stockpile. Arrangements will be put in place for adult social care providers to access further PPE as necessary.

Personal protective equipment

Care workers should use personal protective equipment (PPE) for activities that bring them into close personal contact, such as washing and bathing, personal hygiene and contact with bodily fluids.

Aprons, gloves and fluid repellent surgical masks should be used in these situations. If there is a risk of splashing, then eye protection will minimise risk.

New personal protective equipment must be used for each episode of care. It is essential that personal protective equipment is stored securely within disposable rubbish bags.

These bags should be placed into another bag, tied securely and kept separate from other waste within the room. This should be put aside for at least 72 hours before being put in the usual household waste bin.

If neither the individual in supported living nor care worker have symptoms of Covid-19

If neither the care worker nor the individual receiving care and support is symptomatic, then no personal protective equipment is required above and beyond normal good hygiene practices.

General interventions may include increased cleaning activity and keeping property properly ventilated by opening windows whenever safe and appropriate.

Care workers should follow advice on hand hygiene.

For more information visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-residential-care-   supported-living-and-home-care-guidance/covid-19-guidance-on-home-care-provision

Guidance for health care professionals

Advice for a wide range of health care professions can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/wuhan-novel-coronavirus

Guidance for employers and businesses

What you need to know

•businesses and workplaces should encourage their employees to work at home, wherever possible

•if someone becomes unwell in the workplace with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature, they should be sent home and advised to follow the advice to stay at home

•employees should be reminded to wash their hands for 20 seconds more frequently and catch coughs and sneezes in tissues

•frequently clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are touched regularly, using your standard cleaning products

•employees will need your support to adhere to the recommendation to stay at home to reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) to others

•those who follow advice to stay at home will be eligible for statutory sick pay (SSP) from the first day of their absence from work

•employers should use their discretion concerning the need for medical evidence for certification for employees who are unwell. This will allow GPs to focus on their patients

•employees from defined vulnerable groups should be strongly advised and supported to stay at home and work from there if possible

For more information visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-   businesses-about-covid-19/guidance-for-employers-and-businesses-on-coronavirus-covid-19

Travel advice

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) now advises British people against all non-essential travel worldwide. This advice takes effect immediately and applies initially for a period of 30 days.

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to unprecedented international border closures and other restrictions. All countries may restrict travel without notice.

If you now need to change or cancel your travel plans, follow these steps:

•contact your airline, travel company, cruise line or other transport and accommodation providers

•get in touch with your insurance provider

•continue to follow the NHS coronavirus guidance

•The FCO was already advising against all but essential travel or all travel to some areas or countries due to risks that do not relate to COVID-19. This advice remains in place. Check FCO travel advice pages for the latest information.

For more information visit: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus

Annex 3: Useful links

Coronavirus – homepage

www.nhs.uk/coronavirus

www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Guidance for Members of Parliament

https://www.parliament.uk/business/news/2020/march/uk-parliament-coronavirus-update/

How to access government financial support if you or your business has been affected by Covid-19

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uplo… 

Guidance for staying at home

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection

Guidance for social distancing and for vulnerable people

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-social-distancing-and-for-vulnerable-people/guidance-on-social-distancing-for-everyone-in-the-uk-and-protecting-older-people-and-vulnerable-adults

Guidance for educational settings

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19

Guidance for staff in the transport sector

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-staff-in-the-transport-sector/covid-19-guidance-for-staff-in-the-transport-sector

Guidance for freight transport industry

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-freight-transport

Guidance for residential care

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-residential-care-supported-living-and-home-care-guidance/covid-19-guidance-on-residential-care-provision

Guidance for supported living provision

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-residential-care-supported-living-and-home-care-guidance/covid-19-guidance-for-supported-living-provision

Guidance on home care provision

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-residential-care-supported-living-and-home-care-guidance/covid-19-guidance-for-supported-living-provision

Guidance for households with a possible infection

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance

Guidance for cleaning of non-healthcare settings

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-decontamination-in-non-healthcare-settings

Guidance for hostel or day centres for people rough sleeping

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-services-for-people-experiencing-rough-sleeping

Guidance for mass gatherings

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/covid-19-guidance-for-mass-gatherings

Guidance for prisons and other places of detention

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-prisons-and-other-prescribed-places-of-detention-guidance

Guidance on prison visits

Https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-and-prisons

Guidance of shipping and sea ports

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-shipping-and-sea-ports-guidance

Guidance for health care professionals – Primary care

Https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/wn-cov-guidance-for-primary-care

Guidance for health care professionals – Infection and prevention and control

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-infection-prevention-and-control

Guidance for health care professionals – First responders

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-interim-guidance-for-first-responders

Guidance for health care professionals –Investigation and initial management of possible cases

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-initial-investigation-of-possible-cases

Guidance for health care professionals – Ambulance trusts

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-ambulance-trusts

Guidance for health care professionals – Clinical diagnostic laboratories

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-guidance-for-clinical-diagnostic-laboratories

Guidance for health care professionals – Healthcare providers with a case in their family

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-healthcare-providers-who-have-diagnosed-a-case-within-their-facility

Guidance for adult social care

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-adult-social-care-guidance-to-protect-the-most-vulnerable-against-covid-19

Guidance for employees,employers and businesses

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19

Guidance on Immigration

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-immigration-guidance-if-youre-unable-to-return-to-china-from-the-uk

Guidance for Courts and Tribunals

Https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-courts-and-tribunals-planning-and-preparation

Guidance for use of rapid tests in community pharmacies or at home

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-rapid-tests-for-use-in-community-pharmacies-or-at-home

Guidance for UK Businesses

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-uk-businesses

Guidance on impact on UK seafarer services

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/min-611-mf-guidance-and-information-to-follow-in-the-event-of-covid-19-outbreak-impacting-uk-seafarer-services

Guidance for Local Government

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-local-government

Guidance to Planning Inspectorate

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-planning-inspectorate-guidance

Guidance on Radioactive waste management

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/radioactive-waste-management-and-covid-19

Contingency and emergency planning for Traffic Commissioners

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/traffic-commissioners-contingency-and-emergency-planning-covid-19

Guidance for Cruise ship travel

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/cruise-ship-travel

Maritime and Coastguard Agency: Approach to survey and certification of vessels

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/min-612-mf-coronavirus-covid-19-mca-approach-to-survey-and-certification-of-uk-vessels

Guidance for Individuals and Businesses in Wales

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-individuals-and-businesses-in-wales

Guidance on Driving Tests

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-driving-tests-and- theory-tests

Guidance for Companies House customers, employees and suppliers

Https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-guidance-for-companies-house-customers-employees-and-suppliers

Failure to File Company accounts due to virus

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/coronavirus-if-your-company-cannot-file-accounts-with-companies-house-on-time

Healthcare for UK nationals visiting EU

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/uk-residents-visiting-the-eueea-and-switzerland-healthcare

Healthcare for UK nationals visiting Ireland

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/healthcare-for-uk-nationals-visiting-ireland

NHS entitlements for migrants (updated with Coronavirus)

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/nhs-entitlements-migrant-health-guide

Guidance on ReportingNotifiable diseases

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/notifiable-diseases-and-causative-organisms-how-to-report

Position Statement of theGroceries Code

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/gca-position-statement-on-current-supply-arrangements

FCO Travel Advice

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus

Statutory Sick Pay (updated with Coronavirus)

https://www.gov.uk/statutory-sick-pay

https://www.gov.uk/employers-sick-pay

Support for those affected:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/support-for-those-affected-by-covid-19

 


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