New Shielding Guidance for Extremely Clinically Vulnerable
From 1st April 2021
On 17th March 2021 Public Health England issued new guidance, in the form of a letter, to people categorised as “extremely clinically vulnerable”
From 1 April 2021, the extremely clinically vulnerable:
- · are no longer advised to shield;
- · will no longer be eligible for SSP or similar benefits as a result of being advised to shield.
The guidance says: “Everyone is currently advised to work from home where possible. If you cannot work from home, you should go to work.”
The letter emphasises that employers are required to take steps to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace and to explain to staff the safety measures they have in place.
The letter recommends recipients take extra precautions to protect themselves and points to the Government’s revised guidance on practical steps relating to socialising, travel and going to work but reminds recipients that they should still obey applicable lockdown laws.
The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (furlough) has been extended until 30th September 2021 – the extremely clinically vulnerable continue to be eligible throughout this period.
For further advice on shielding, the extended furlough scheme and your specific employment law queries please contact Sharon Ridley on 01228 587413 or firstname.lastname@example.org.