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Lockdown 3 - here we go again

As England and Scotland return to a state of national lockdown what does it mean for businesses around the country?

In reality, the rules for businesses which are permitted to stay open are no different. “Work from home if you can” has been emphasised so if it's not been implemented as fully as possible, now’s the time for a review. Other measures are the same as before: social distancing, high levels of hygiene, ventilation, screens, etc.

The full list of businesses which can stay open and those who must close can be found here:

England 

Scotland

Note. The administrations in Wales and Northern Ireland have not yet taken the route of a full lockdown in the same way as England and Scotland. Instead, they remain at the higher alert levels. Their current guidelines can be found here:

Wales

N Ireland

The majority of additional restrictions across all four nations are primarily social, e.g. on gatherings outside your household, the number of people you can meet, how far you can travel for leisure purposes, etc.

The main message in this lockdown is again to stay at home unless you have a reasonable excuse, for example for work or education purposes.

Those who are clinically extremely vulnerable or were shielding under previous guidance, are strongly advised to work from home and if that is not possible they have been advised that they should not attend work. Employers have not been given similar advice, for example they are not told to prevent such workers attending. However, should you become aware that someone is at increased risk, you should review your risk assessment, consider alternative and lower risk roles, or make changes which enable those staff to work from home. Failing that the furlough scheme has been extended until the end of April 2021.

 

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