Step 4 means that legal restrictions can be lifted, all businesses can open and the government is no longer instructing people to work from home. To support businesses through this next phase, the ‘Working Safely’ guidance will continue to provide advice on sensible precautions employers can take to manage risk and support their staff and customers. You can find the links to these guides here.
From Step 4, social distancing guidance will no longer apply. This means that you do not need to implement social distancing in your business, workplace or venue, and customers and workers do not need to keep apart from people they don’t live with.
The government is no longer instructing people to work from home if they can, so employers can start to plan a return to workplaces.
Now that we know what the Government’s roadmap looks like, you will undoubtedly be thinking about how to go about re-opening and adapting your business if you haven’t already done so.
As the restrictions lift and activity once again returns to our town centre, we want to support you to reopen safely - in line with government guidance. This guide will help you to plan for a safe and successful return.
View the latest coronavirus guidance page bringing together the latest guidance, publications and announcements.
NEW Guidance details the steps to reopen certain businesses and venues in England.
A large-scale community testing programme is now underway in Doncaster, with the aim of identifying cases in people who ARE NOT displaying coronavirus symptoms and, in turn, reducing coronavirus transmission rates in the community. Unlike in areas such as Liverpool, we are taking a targeted approach to testing, selecting areas that may need extra help to access testing facilities, in the first instance.
As part of this, a programme of regular testing for groups of key workers who are unable to work from home is up and running and we also have a mobile testing unit which can visit key sites in Doncaster.
In addition, community testing sites, using Lateral Flow Devices (LFDs but also known as ‘rapid’ or LFT tests) have been established across the borough in key geographical areas, to provide regular tests for residents who do not have coronavirus symptoms.
Currently we have sites in Hexthorpe, Stainforth and Conisbrough for people who live and/or work in these areas. Please visit www.doncaster.gov.uk/covidtesting for more information about these sites.
Doncaster Council is encouraging all large and medium sized employers with more than 50 employees to register for an employer-led rapid testing scheme available until 31 March, through which they can receive free tests for staff members without symptoms who cannot work from home.
To register interest in the scheme please visit: https://www.gov.uk/get-workplace-coronavirus-tests
The registration process will ask for the following:
• Institution name
• Email for main point of contact
• Industry sector: food production
• Company registration number
• Size of company (no. of employees)
There has been some confusion regarding whether people who test positive for Covid-19 need to take another test before returning to work.
Once an individual’s isolation period has ended and, as long as they have not developed further symptoms, they do not need another test and may return to work.
It is important to note that it is possible for PCR tests to remain positive for some time after a Covid-19 infection so, for this reason, if an individual has previously received a positive test result for Covid-19, they should only be re-tested within a 90-day period if they have developed any new coronavirus symptoms.
Individuals who tested positive for Covid-19 with a Lateral Flow Device (LFD but also known as ‘rapid’ or LFT tests) should not be tested again using an LFD within 90 days. If they have new coronavirus symptoms during this period, then they should be tested using a PCR test. PCR tests can be booked by calling 119 or by visiting nhs.uk/coronavirus.
New government guidance dictates that specific groups of people who conduct their own Lateral Flow Device (LFD but also known as ‘rapid’ or LFT) tests at home and self-report the results should isolate immediately and have a PCR test within 48 hours to confirm a positive LFD result.
These groups are: NHS England staff, adult social care employees, primary school workers who test at home, and hauliers who use self-test reporting tools. PCR tests can be booked by calling 119 or by visiting nhs.uk/coronavirus.
For everyone else who has had a positive LFD test result, a further PCR test is not required and they should self-isolate immediately for ten days.
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