Covid-19: Guidelines and safety protocols

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COVID-19 – Coronavirus

Coronavirus is a highly contagious disease that can have severe effects on people, especially those who are vulnerable. The virus is likely to pass from person to person in communal areas and where it is not possible to maintain safe distances between persons. If a person is infected while working it can be passed on through families and other contacts. You can spread the virus even if you don’t have symptoms.

Changes to the latest Government legislation

24th February 2022

People who test positive for COVID-19, and contacts who are not fully vaccinated, are no longer legally required to self-isolate.

People who test positive for COVID19 should continue to stay at home and avoid contact with other people.

Fully vaccinated contacts of people who test positive for COVID-19 are no longer advised to test for 7 days.

27th January 2022

There is no longer a legal requirement to wear a face covering. People are still advised to wear one in crowded and enclosed spaces where they may come into contact with people they do not normally meet. See Section 7.2.

21st January 2022

Workers are no longer asked to work from home if they can.

Pay close attention and clean particularly in the following areas:

  • Access points.

  • Taps and washing facilities.

  • Toilet flush and seats.

  • Door handles and push plates.

  • Handrails on staircases and corridors.

  • Lift and hoist controls.

  • Machinery and equipment controls.

  • Food preparation and eating surfaces.

  • Seats, seating areas and locker room surfaces.

  • Telephone equipment, keyboards, photocopiers and other office equipment.

  • Rubbish collection and storage points should be increased and emptied regularly throughout and at the end of each day.

This list is not exhaustive.

On site - Recommendation

  • Wash your hands when you arrive on site, regularly throughout the day (especially if you sneeze or cough, and before and after eating or handling food, using any shared equipment or tools, and using toilet facilities), and again when you leave site.

  • You should follow social distancing guidelines.