Self-isolation Obligations

//Self-isolation Obligations

Self-isolation Obligations

2021-08-04T10:16:22+00:00 August 4th, 2021|All|

06.07.2021 Self-isolation easing in step 4

The Government announced in its press release on 6 July 2021 that double vaccinated individuals, will no longer be required to self-isolate from 16 August 2021, if they have been identified as coming into close contact with persons who have tested positive for Covid-19.

This however will only apply to individuals who receive a double dose of the Covid-19 vaccine more than 14 days after coming into close contact with those who have tested positive for Covid-19.

The Government will still be advising double vaccinated individuals to take PCR tests to check for Covid-19 and any variants. Should they test positive for Covid-19, they will still need to self-isolate in line with Government guidance regardless of the fact that they have been double vaccinated.

28.09.2020 Self-isolation legal obligations

On 28 September 2020 the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Self-Isolation) (England) Regulations 2020 came into force.

We have produced a Self-Isolation Obligations Guide detailing what employers and workers are required to do to comply with these self-isolation obligations and we will be updating the guidance as and when the Government provides further updates.

In summary the Self-Isolation Regulations state that persons are legally required to self-isolate if they have been notified by the Secretary of State, a healthcare professional or the local authority that they have:

·      tested positive for COVID-19 pursuant to a test after 28 September; or

·      have had close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 after 28 September.

If an employee or an agency worker has been notified in this way,  they will be legally obliged to inform their employer/agency of their requirement to self-isolate and provide start and end dates of the self-isolation period. Should they fail to notify their employer, and/or fail to self-isolate – without reasonable excuse, they will be committing an offence, and could face a fine (receive a fixed penalty notice) of up to £10,000.

In conjunction with this, if an employer has been notified or has been made aware that an employee or an agency worker is required to self-isolate and the employer does not stop them from attending any place, or allows them to continue working other than where they must self-isolate, i.e. their home/place of stay (without reasonable excuse) they will be also committing an offence under the regulations and could be fined (receive a fixed penalty notice). Fines start at £1,000 and can increase up to £10,000.

These regulations are currently only applicable in England.

Read more in this series of blogs “Back to work”

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