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Positive case of Covid-19 in your business?

Positive case of Covid-19 in your business?

Positive case of Covid-19 in your business?

 
What happens if one staff member has a confirmed case?
We would advise closing early/opening late to deep clean the premises and sanitise all surfaces that the staff member may have touched, retrain all staff on importance of washing hands and social distancing. Notify staff that they may be contacted by NHS/Public health staff and told to self-isolate, if they are, they must do so immediately. You may also wish to consider increased precautionary measures in store such as face coverings as well as visors, reduced staffing etc. You do not necessarily have to close the shop or send everybody home. You and your staff do not need to automatically self-isolate.
 
What about more than one staff member is confirmed?
If there is more than one case of COVID-19 in a workplace, employers need to contact their local health protection team to report a suspected outbreak. Find your local health protection team. They will decide if closure and of self-isolation of staff and/or family need to be considered. 
Please also notify us so we can ensure you are following the correct advice and getting support.
 
What can I do to minimise the chances of multiple staff needing to self-isolate or having to close my shop?
Abide by social distancing guidelines, staff should be 2 metres apart. Where that is not possible you need to consider visors, face coverings and screens but these do not provide the same protection. 
Try to form bubbles/shifts with your staff so that they do not all work together to minimise spread and impact. Review your risk assessment regularly.
 
What is the criteria for being asked to self-isolate?
It varies and decisions will be made on a case by case basis by the authorities however usually if you have been in close contact you may be asked to self-isolate. A close ‘contact’ is a person who has been close to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 anytime from 2 days before the person was symptomatic up to 7 days from onset of symptoms (this is when they are infectious to others). This could be a person who:
 
  • has had face-to-face contact (within one metre), including:
  • being coughed on
  • having skin-to-skin physical contact, or
  • contact within one metre for one minute
  • has been within 2 metres of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 for more than 15 minutes (even if they have used face coverings)
  • has travelled in a small vehicle, or in a large vehicle or plane
 
Staff only need to Self-isolate under the following circumstances
 
  • They or someone they live with has coronavirus symptoms or has tested positive for coronavirus.
  • They have been notified by the NHS or public health authorities that you have been in contact with someone with coronavirus
  • Someone in their ‘support bubble’ (or your ‘extended household’ if you live in Scotland or Wales) has coronavirus symptoms or has tested positive for coronavirus
  • They have been advised by a doctor or healthcare professional to self-isolate before going into hospital for surgery
  • They have symptoms and are waiting for test results,
Current Guidance states that if you have a confirmed case of Covid-19 you must self-isolate for 10 days. All who live in the same household must self-isolate for 14 days. As an employer you should support and enforce any member of staff in these circumstances. If they receive a phone call at work, you must send them home immediately. You can pay and claim back SSP for eligible staff that are off due to these circumstances. If in doubt call National Craft Butchers, Peninsula.
 
Wherever possible minimise your staff and customers encountering each other in any of the ways listed above. This will minimise the risk to your staff, customers, and business.
 
Full Workplace Test & Trace Guidance can be found here - https://www.gov.uk/guidance/nhs-test-and-trace-workplace-guidance
 
 
Call National Craft Butchers on 01892541412 or Full Members can access Peninsula Employment Services 24/7 by calling 08448007091 with their membership information.
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