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On 21 February 2022 the Government announced its Living with COVID plan. The future response is aimed at enabling the country to manage COVID-19 like any other respiratory illness, while retaining the ability to respond if a new, more dangerous variant emerges. The plan highlights advice from SAGE that there is still considerable uncertainty about the […]

With the Omicron wave believed to have passed its peak nationally, the Government has confirmed that ‘Plan B’ restrictions in England will be lifted. These changes are set to be staggered in the weeks to come, with some guidance effective immediately, alongside a long-term view to end self-isolation by, or before, 24th March 2022. As […]

COVID-19 challenges look set to stay with us for at least the first few months of 2022. With absence rates continuing to plague employers and changes to the rules on self-isolation, PCR testing and sick pay, organisations should keep in review their business continuity plans and existing sickness absence policies and procedures. Communication with the […]

What is changing from 16 August 2021? From Monday 16 August, those who are under the age of 18 years 6 months, fully vaccinated (and beyond 14 days from their second vaccine dose), part of an approved COVID-19 vaccine trial or unable to take the vaccine for medical reasons will be exempt from the legal […]

Last updated 20 August 2021, 15:00 Last week finally saw England move to step 4 of the Governments roadmap out of lockdown. From 19 July, the Government are no longer instructing people to work from home if they can. Instead, and despite the high prevalence of the COVID-19, they now expect a gradual return to […]

According to recent statistics, approximately 31% of all registered deaths from COVID-19 were care home residents. This, coupled with low rates of vaccinated care workers in certain areas of the Country (in particular, London and the South East where the number of homes who have at least 80% of staff vaccinated is a mere 23% […]

On 13 July, the Government passed draft legislation making COVID-19 vaccines in care settings mandatory. The draft regulations were passed following a vote in the House of Commons, despite the Department of Health and Social Care’s (DHSC) failure to publish a vital impact assessment prior to the vote. The Government’s decision to require vaccinations in […]

The government is expected to announce that they will shortly be making COVID vaccination mandatory for everyone working in adult social care. In reports which have been widely discussed in the media the government is expected to make the announcement in the next few days. Based on the government consultation document the vaccination requirement is […]

On Monday 19th July, restrictions in England eased further as we entered Step 4 of the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown. The Government has updated its guidance relating to participation in grassroots sport and physical activity during COVID-19 restrictions.   There are now no restrictions on what sports can be played or the number of […]

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