Covid Update

By now England, Scotland, and Wales have largely relaxed most Covid controls in social situations, with some variation on face coverings and other precautions.

Our sites have been very successful in continuing to work through the Most office staff have been working from home since March 2020, but we are beginning a gradual return as each nation relaxes the requirement to work from home. Each office has its own risk assessment and controls discussed and agreed with the local teams.

Each nation has changed the requirement for self-isolation for close contacts of confirmed cases. Fully vaccinated adults will no longer have to self-isolate if they are identified as a close contact of someone with Covid, as long as they have no symptoms. Instead, they will need to take a PCR test and can stop self-isolating if the result is negative. If the result is positive, they will need to self-isolate just like anyone else. In Wales, people will also be advised to also take PCR tests on day two and day eight if you have been identified as a close contact of someone who has the virus.

The pandemic is not yet over and this winter will be a stern test of vaccines. New vaccine resistant variants are possible, and a workplace transmission remains reportable to HSE. We must not become complacent about control measures in the workplace and must all still remain vigilant as we slowly return to normal.