It is anticipated that over the next two weeks, up to 3.79 million clinically extremely vulnerable people in England will be informed via letter that they are no longer advised to shield from Thursday 1 April 2021.
This news arrives as more than 9 in 10 clinically extremely vulnerable people have received a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
The Government has announced that from April, those who were on the shielding list can now follow national restrictions alongside the rest of the population but are still advised to take extra precautions to reduce their risk of catching the virus, including continuing to maintain strict social distancing and to keep overall social contacts at low levels.
What does this mean for employers?
People are still advised to continue working from home where possible, but if they are unable to do so, employers are required by law to take steps to make workplaces COVID-19 secure and should discuss this with their employees.
For further information around practical steps you can take to ensure your workplace is Covid-19 secure, including advice on risk assessments, as well as how to support staff who may have concerns around returning to the workplace, please refer to our updated Back in Business Guide.
Should you have specific concerns, we encourage all clients to contact their designated HR or Health and Safety Advisor who can offer advice on a case-by-case basis.