Guidance from the Government on self-isolation changed on 16 March, this is now the current position. The new guidance is:
- if you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus illness (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started.
- if you live with others and you are the first in the household to have symptoms of coronavirus, then you must stay at home for 7 days, but all other household members who remain well must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill
- for anyone else in the household who starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for 7 days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14-day isolation period.
- it is likely that people living within a household will infect each other or be infected already. Staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community
- if you can, move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period
- if you cannot move vulnerable people out of your home, stay away from them as much as possible
We must follow this latest advice so if you have a high temperature or a new continuous cough please let you manager know and stay at home. You do not need to go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital and do not need to contact 111 to tell them they are staying at home.
If you are required to self-isolate, you can get an isolation note to send to your line manager as proof you need to stay off work. You do not need to get a note from a GP. Your line manager will then talk to the Head of Service to discuss your case and they will confirm the self-isolation.
If you are fit and able to work from home during the self-isolation period then you should record your hours using the normal processes. If you are fit to work but unable to work from home due to the nature of your role then your line manager will work with you to ensure that the normal hours you were due to work during the self-isolation period are recorded. During the coronavirus outbreak colleagues are expected to be flexible to ensure we can maintain our essential public services.
Anyone who is self-isolating should remain in contact with their line manager every day to support their wellbeing and ensure that they are supported and able to carry out their duties.
Colleagues who are required to self-isolate will receive normal pay for the self-isolation period. Normal pay means that you will receive the pay that was scheduled and authorised to be paid at the point of self-isolation.
If you become unwell during the self-isolation period then you will remain on self-isolation until a confirmed diagnosis is made by a medical practitioner. Your line manager will then work with you to record your illness correctly.