The Government has produced a series of sector specific guides which are relevant for tourism and hospitality businesses, covering issues such as: social distancing for workers, cleaning the workplace, PPE and evaluating risk.
What happens if a member of staff suspects they have COVID-19?
If a worker develops symptoms, they should request a free test as soon as their symptoms start. Once they have ordered the test, they’ll be asked by the NHS Test and Trace service to provide details of anyone who they have been in close recent contact with. This will not automatically be all their co-workers, but anyone who meets the definition of a close contact.
Close contacts at this stage do not need to self-isolate unless requested to do so by NHS Test and Trace or a public health professional, but they should:
- Avoid contact with people at high increased risk of severe illness from coronavirus, such as people with pre-existing medical conditions
- Take extra care in practising social distancing and good hygiene
- Watch out for symptoms and self-isolate if they also show signs of coronavirus
Employers may need to keep staff informed about COVID-19 cases among their colleagues. However, employers should not name the individual. If a co-worker is at risk because of close contact with the positive case, then they will be notified to self-isolate by the NHS Test and Trace service. Employers should make sure their workplaces are safe by regular cleaning and by encouraging good hygiene practice.
If the person with symptoms tests positive for COVID-19, the NHS Test and Trace service will notify their close contacts and instruct them to self-isolate – by phone call, text message, email or letter. The period of self-isolation will be for up to 14 days.
What are the new legal requirements for self-isolation?
From Monday 28 September, a person could be fined if they do not stay at home and self-isolate following a positive test result for COVID-19, or if they are contacted by NHS Test and Trace and instructed to self-isolate because they are a contact of someone who has had a positive test result.
From this date, if they test positive for COVID-19, it will also be an offence to knowingly provide false information about their close contacts to NHS Test and Trace. Failure to comply with these requirements may result in a fine of up to £10,000.
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Other Information & Guidance
COVID-19: EU Guidance for the progressive resuming of tourism services and for health protocols in hospitality establishments