(Source: Home Care Insight)
With a lack of clear government guidance on how social care employers should create a safe work environment for shielded staff, James Sage, head of social care of Royds Withy King, explains how providers can mitigate risk.
From 1 August, the Government “paused” shielding for the clinically extremely vulnerable. Shielding employees can return to work if their workplace is “COVID-secure” but should work from home wherever possible.
The guidance does not expressly require shielders to social distance when at work. However, it requires 2m social distancing (or 1m with additional protections) when visiting supermarkets and shops. Some of the sector specific “working safely” guidance requires 2m social distancing (or 1m with additional protections) at work; but there is no guidance specifically for the care sector.
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