Following on from our previous update, Government has issued further guidance on those exempted from the quarantine conditions when visiting the UK.  The full list can be found here.  We believe those categories most relevant to our industry are:

 

  • Travellers from within the Common Travel Area (Ireland, Isle of Man and Channel Islands)
  • People who live in the UK but work in another country and travel between the UK and country of work at least once a week
  • People who live outside the UK but work in the UK and travel between their country of residence and the UK at least once a week
  • Drivers of goods vehicles or public service vehicles and other employees of community licence holders for the international carriage of goods or passengers by coach and bus
  • Workers with specialist technical skills for essential or emergency works or services (including commissioning, maintenance, and repairs and safety checks) to ensure the continued production, supply, movement, manufacture, storage or preservation of goods

 

Although these categories are exempted from quarantine there is still a requirement to complete a Public Health passenger locator form.  This link takes you to the page where it can be completed on line.

 

Also, there is new guidance around the definition of contact and the use of Perspex screens in the workplace.  The updated guidance on Perspex screen states “Where an interaction between 2 people has taken place through a Perspex (or equivalent) screen, this would not be considered sufficient contact, provided that there has been no other contact such as any of those indicated above.”

 

The full list of what is meant by Contact is:

 

  • people who spend significant time in the same household as a person who has tested positive for COVID-19
  • sexual partners
  • a person who has had face-to-face contact (within one metre), with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, including:
    • being coughed on
    • having a face-to-face conversation within one metre
    • having skin-to-skin physical contact, or
  • contact within one metre for one minute or longer without face-to-face contact
  • a person who has been within 2 metres of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 for more than 15 minutes
  • a person who has travelled in a small vehicle with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or in a large vehicle or plane near someone who has tested positive for COVID-19

 

Full details can be found by following this link.

 

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