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25 June 2020 Summary of updated Government Guidance

With the continued easing of lockdown Government guidance is changing daily and being updated on the website by the hour.  To help you get to the advice you need, we have summarised the most recent update, June 25th below.

We would remind you that you can call us at any time to seek further advice and guidance. Our HR team are managing an increasing number of redundancy programmes now and this is an area that you need to manage within the guidance for Furlough, if you have staff that have that current status, to maximise the benefit and minimise the liability to your business.

Our Health and Safety team are now assisting many clients with their SAFE return to work, including assisting in the Covid-19 Risk Assessment all of you must do to return to work safely or continue to work safely. Please contact us to seek assistance. For those who are not currently benefiting from our H&S service, we can still assist and can advise of the options.

One sober reminder, although the headlines are full of the reduction in the 2M rule, you must continue to work to the 2m rule at work unless you are able to mitigate the risk of working at 1.5m or closer. This must be reflected in your Covid-19 Risk Assessments.

The implications due to track and trace for a business that has a staff member that develops Covid-19 and has been working with colleagues in your business environment are not only significant but potentially catastrophic, as you would have read in the case of the meat processing plant in North Wales, who lost all its staff due to an outbreak of Covid-19 in the work place and the requirement for all staff to self-isolate.

Please seek our guidance as we can help with the appropriate Covid-19 Risk Assessment steps and process. Here are the most relevant changes to Government Guidance. Follow the links in each case:

Working Safely: Guidance for Businesses that are open or wish to open.

These 12 guides cover a range of different types of work. Many businesses operate more than one type of workplace, such as an office, factory and fleet of vehicles. You may need to use more than one of these guides as you think through what you need to do to keep people safe. Further guidance will be published as more businesses are able to reopen.

Working Safely Guidance 

Pubs, restaurants and hairdressers to reopen from 4 July

Thousands of pubs, restaurants and hairdressers across England have been given practical, clear steps they can take to reopen safely over the coming weeks.

New Covid-19 secure guidance for the hospitality sector and hairdressers means businesses will be able to reopen in England from 4 July, provided they meet government criteria for keeping staff and customers as safe as possible.

Pubs, restaurants and hairdressers to reopen from 04 July

Review of the 2M Distancing Guidance and Mitigating actions

This is important to read as it lists the “potential” Mitigating actions that a business could take to allow a reduction in the 2M distance. HOWEVER, you still need to Risk Assess to support your control measures or mitigating actions: PLEASE READ THE TABLE IN THE GUIDANCE RELEVANT TO YOUR SECTOR FOR MITIGATING ACTIONS. We will help clients through the Risk Assess process.

“Current guidance says that “where possible, you should maintain 2m between people”. The guidance should change to state that 2m or 1m with risk mitigation (where 2m is not viable) are acceptable and that businesses should set out the mitigations that they will introduce in their risk assessment”

Review of 2m social distancing guidance

New government guidance supports the reopening of tourism and visitor attractions on July 4

New guidance supporting reopening of tourism and visitor attractions

Coronavirus outbreak FAQs: what you can and can’t do 

Coronavirus outbreak FAQs: what you can and can’t do after 4 July’

Opening certain businesses and venues in England from 4 July 2020

Guidance on the further easing of coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions from 4 July 2020. Please read this to confirm if your business is permitted to open.

Opening certain businesses and venues from 04 July

Changes to the Job Retention scheme 

This guidance page was updated on 12 June to include details on how the scheme will change from 1 July. The first time you will be able to make claims for days in July will be 1 July, you cannot claim for periods in July before this point.31 July is the last day that you can submit claims for periods ending on or before 30 June. The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will close on 31 October 2020.

Please call us if you need assistance on how you need to respond to these changes to ensure you maximise the benefits and minimise your liabilities, particularly if you are considering redundancies this is a complex process and we will take our clients through it step by step.

Park City are here to help and assist you at this time, now more than ever you need to manage your staff costs, performance and moral, our HR team are with you and supporting you every step of the way, if you have that difficult decision to make, you are not alone, Park City will manage that for you so you can focus on returning your business to pre lockdown performance.

Our Health and Safety team are there to ensure you return to work and continue to work safely, don’t risk losing all your staff to track and trace situations, get that Covid-19 risk assessment done, our Health and Safety clients will receive a call to book a remote review of your risk assessments and remember you need to complete the Five step to safer working together poster and display it to demonstrate you have followed the guidance. We can help with each element of the five steps. Download it here

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