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18th March, 2021

Guidance for Clinically Extremely Vulnerable

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Yesterday, the Government issued a new letter to all people in the Clinically Extremely Vulnerable list who are currently being advised to shield.

This letter explains that, from 1 April 2021, those to whom this applies are no longer advised to shield. It also states that until the social distancing rules are eased more widely, it is important to continue to keep the number of social interactions they have low and to reduce the amount of time spent in social settings where social distancing is unable to be maintained.

Whilst the letter confirms that those in this category may still be eligible for the further extended Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (furlough) and Self-Employment Support Allowance, it states that they will no longer be eligible for Statutory Sick Pay or Employment and Support Allowance on the basis of being advised to shield.

This letter reiterates that everyone is advised to continue working from home where possible, but if they cannot do so, they should now attend their workplace. It also confirms the obligation upon employers to take steps to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace and that employers should be able to explain to staff the measures which have been put in place to keep everyone safe at work.

A copy of the letter can be found here.

For more information on COVID-19 guidance or for assistance with any other employment matter, please contact a member of the Employment Team.

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