March and almost Spring…..
A little update on isolating and changes made by the government Thursday 24th February 2022.
People who test positive for Covid are no longer legally required to self-isolate, although they are still advised to stay at home and avoid contact with others for five full days.
Routine contact tracing will end. This means that fully vaccinated close contacts and those under 18 are no longer required to test daily for seven days.
The £500 self-isolation support payment for people on low incomes who test positive for Covid-19 is no longer available.
Covid provisions for increased statutory sick pay (where SSP payments are made from day one of Covid related absences) will apply for a further month and end on 24th March 2022.
From 1 April:
Free mass testing for the general public will end.
People with Covid symptoms will be asked to exercise personal responsibility when deciding whether to stay at home.
The Government will remove the requirement for employers to explicitly consider Covid-19 in their risk assessments and the existing ‘Working Safely’ guidance will be replaced with public health guidance.
The Government has also lifted the majority of legal requirements for businesses and the intention is to empower businesses to take responsibility for implementing mitigation, that are appropriate for their own individual circumstances.
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