Latest Covid-19 guidance for businesses in Blackburn

The Government has published Public health guidance for reducing the spread of respiratory infections, including COVID-19, in the workplace. While there is no longer a requirement for all employers to explicitly consider COVID-19 in their statutory health and safety risk assessments, the guidance confirms that it is important that as a business, organisation or an employer you continue to comply with your legal obligations relating to health and safety, employment and equality duties. You can find the full guidance here:

https://link.edgepilot.com/s/f836c81a/VC_dMy28-U_etaLoQ-7OzA?u=https://www.gov.uk/guidance/reducing-the-spread-of-respiratory-infections-including-covid-19-in-the-workplace

Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme for coronavirus related absences closed

The Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme for coronavirus related absences has now closed. Employers had up to and including 24 March 2022 to submit any final claims and/or amend claims they’ve already submitted.  You can find more details here: https://link.edgepilot.com/s/ae1c0cc2/Nk9IfLDgLE60jpxGDG8_4A?u=https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-back-statutory-sick-pay-paid-to-employees-due-to-coronavirus-covid-19

Information on who can access free coronavirus (COVID-19) tests from 1 April 2022 and how to get them.

The government has issued information on the above as follows:

  • Symptomatic testing 
    Symptomatic testing in high-risk settings, where infection can spread rapidly among people who may be at higher risk of serious illness, remains important to ensure that COVID-19 is detected as quickly as possible.  This is to help minimise the number and impact of outbreaks to protect those who are most vulnerable.  Free tests for people who have COVID-19 symptoms will continue to be provided to the following groups, largely via the existing channels:
  • NHS patients in hospital, who will be tested via the established NHS testing programme
  • those eligible for COVID-19 antiviral and other treatments, who will be sent a pack of tests and can request replacements if they need them
  • NHS staff and staff working in NHS-funded independent healthcare provision – the current lateral flow test ordering portal will remain available for this group to order their own tests
  • adult social care staff in care homes, homecare organisations, extra care and supported living settings and adult day care centres, as well as residents in care homes and extra care and supported living settings via the established organisation ordering portal
  • adult social care social workers, personal assistants, Shared Lives carers and CQC inspectors will be able to order tests from the current online lateral flow ordering system
  • staff and patients in hospices will be supplied tests by the hospice
  • staff and detainees in prisons and other places of detention will be supplied tests by by the detention premises as currently happens
  • staff and detainees in immigration removal centres will be supplied tests, as currently happens, by the organisation concerned
  • staff and users of high-risk domestic abuse refuges and homelessness settings
  • Asymptomatic testing

During periods of high prevalence, asymptomatic testing will continue to mitigate risk. Testing will continue to be provided for:

  • adult social care staff and a small number of visitors providing personal care
  • hospice staff
  • patient-facing staff in the NHS and NHS-funded independent healthcare provision
  • some staff in prisons and other places of detention, and some refuges and shelters

Care home outbreak testing for all staff and residents will also continue all year.

Full guidance will be published shortly setting out how the current testing regimes will change to reflect the Living with COVID-19 strategy, which will include specific guidance for high-risk settings.

https://link.edgepilot.com/s/b7cc70d2/1FtK75evwECO0BEXehqrXA?u=https://www.gov.uk/government/news/changes-to-covid-19-testing-in-england-from-1-april

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