04 Aug 2021

Government updates guidance for employers or employees needing to self- isolate

The Government has updated its guidance about what to do if you, or one of you staff has to self-isolate.

The guidance includes being contacted by NHS Test and Trace, self-isolation rules and financial support.

It states that, while cases remain high, the Government is advising the following:

  • testing when you have symptoms and targeted asymptomatic testing in education, high-risk workplaces and to help people manage their personal risk
  • self-isolating when symptomatic or having tested positive
  • self-isolating when contacted by NHS Test and Trace or advised to do so by the NHS COVID-19 app
  • border quarantine: for all arriving from red list countries and for those people who do not meet the country-specific vaccination or age exemptions arriving from amber list countries
  • cautious guidance for individuals, businesses and the vulnerable while prevalence is high, including:
    • encouraging people to continue to use the NHS Covid-19 app
    • while the government is no longer instructing people to work from home if they can, the government would expect and recommend a gradual return over the summer
    • the government expects and recommends that people wear face coverings in crowded areas such as public transport
    • being outside or letting fresh air in
    • minimising the number, proximity and duration of social contacts

The guidance explains how employers and businesses can maintain business continuity, help to slow the spread of the virus, and save lives.

Read the full advice here