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Stay at home where possible

20 January 2021

During this national lockdown it is extremely important that we all continue to set an example in our communities and follow the new COVID restrictions, the key thing being to stay at home as much as possible.

If you can perform your role at home then you must do so. You should not be working from or visiting any council workplaces without a formal business reason for doing so and management approval.

We know that some of our colleagues delivering vital frontline services are unable to work from home and must continue using our COVID-secure workplaces. Any workplaces which have been authorised to be open have a COVID-19 secure risk assessment in place. Anyone working in that location must have read the risk assessment and follow the control measures put in place. If you are currently working in a council building and haven't seen your risk assessment, please ask you line manager.

Those working in children's services and adult social care and health are able to conduct home visits where necessary and where this work has been approved by departmental senior management teams. Visits must be done in accordance with a risk assessment and with the use of any appropriate PPE for the role.

Clinically extremely vulnerable colleagues need to work from home during this national lockdown. If you are clinically vulnerable or of Black, Asian and minority ethic origin or background and you cannot work from home, then you should have an individual risk assessment in place.

As this continues to be an unsettling and challenging time, please remember that there are policies and procedures in place to help you, including guidance for clinically extremely vulnerable colleagues, flexible working with increased flexi-bandwidth and a package of wellbeing support.

Please speak to your line manager if you have any questions or concerns.