In a press conference held yesterday Boris Johnson confirmed that the UK was now moving out of the ‘contain phase’ and into the ‘delay’ phase for dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a move that surprised many Mr Johnson has not announced that schools will close at the moment, rather that they would be advised to cancel overseas trips.  A step which will undoubtedly be a relief for the working parents of young children.

However,  Mr Johnson did reveal new advice which advised anyone with a persistent cough or high temperature to self-isolate for 7 days and advised the over 70’s not to go on cruises.

Therefore, with immediate effect we are urging employers to communicate with their staff the importance of self-isolating if they have the following symptoms:

  • New persistent cough
  • High temperature/fever
  • Flu-like symptoms

By law, medical evidence is not required for the first 7 days of sickness therefore we recommend that those staff in self-isolation self-certify for those days.  They will then be eligible for SSP from day 1 of their sickness.  

Staff do not need to contact 111 to tell them they’re staying at home but should contact the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:

  • They feel they cannot cope with symptoms at home
  • Their condition gets worse
  • Their symptoms do not get better after 7 days