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Updates to COVID-19 HR FAQs: Extension of self-isolation period

Date: 05 August 2020

On Thursday 30 July, the four UK Chief Medical Officers announced that the self-isolation period has been extended from 7 days to 10 days for anyone with coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms or a positive test result.

This change comes into place with immediate effect and we have updated our HR FAQs to reflect this.

Anyone with coronavirus symptoms is advised to stay at home and self-isolate to protect others and help prevent the spread of disease.

Further updates to the HR FAQs include:

Absence reporting - new information on how managers should log non-working COVID-19 absences on ESR for those isolating due to household member symptoms, following a test and trace contact or due to government post-travel requirements

Travel advice - if you are planning to travel abroad you should be aware that the Government continues to advise against non-essential travel, requiring quarantine on return to the UK; although some countries are currently exempt from this. They have advised that the quarantine rules, including the list of exempt countries, may change at short notice, as has happened recently with Spain.

This could happen again, so you should consider the impact any change to the government quarantine/self-isolation requirements, or list of exempted countries, would have on your return to the UK and discuss this with your manager before your travel.

NHSBT expects individuals to follow the Government guidance which is in place at the point they return to the UK. If you do have to quarantine/self-isolate on return from abroad your options will be to agree either, 1) taking additional annual leave to cover the period, 2) working from home if this is possible, or 3) taking unpaid leave.

Antibody testing - information about how and where to access antibody testing can be found on People First. This page is updated regularly with all the information we have been given and we are working hard to get information about any areas not currently mentioned. 

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