Advice about Coronavirus
This page is open for all employees on any device and was last updated at 14:19 on Wednesday 20th January 2021. Our Q&As were updated on Tuesday 5th January.
COVID-19 Update: lockdown guidance from 5th January 2021
Tighter COVID-19 restrictions have been introduced across the UK. Government advice is to "stay at home" as you did during last March's first shutdown, apart from for a limited number of exceptions.
- Wash hands, Cover Face, Make space
- Act like you've got it
- Anyone can spread Coronavirus
- New variant, anyone can spread Coronavirus
Please find below Amey’s guidance on key aspects of the current lockdown:
Key workers – if your role requires you to continue delivering for our clients and maintaining critical services on the frontline, you are a key worker. If you require a letter confirming that you are a key worker, please ask your manager to obtain this from their HR lead.
Flexibility and support for those with caring responsibilities – all managers are both encouraged and supported to provide flexibility for employees with caring responsibilities.
The Government has advised that schools will remain open for the children of key workers, at parents’ discretion. Also, early years provision remains open. For more information about childcare and education, please visit this page. Government guidance on support bubbles is available here.
Working from home / offices – if your job can be done from home, please do so. Only attend an office if absolutely necessary and in line with COVID-19 Secure Working. Visit Yammer to see communications about connecting to systems remotely.
Shielding: clinically extremely vulnerable – employees who are clinically extremely vulnerable to COVID-19 are advised to work from home for the duration of the national restrictions. Employees who cannot work from home are advised not to go to work. HR will contact managers of people who were previously in this category to confirm if they are shielding again.
The government will write to everybody who is clinically extremely vulnerable, setting out detailed advice. If you can supply a copy of the notification to your People Manager, you will continue to receive full pay. This will be reviewed in line with Government guidance. Further information for those who are Clinically Extremely Vulnerable can be found here.
Wellbeing – the winter months can be a hard time of year for many of us, with shorter days reducing sunlight hours and poor weather keeping us indoors more. As we continue to combat Covid-19 and deal with the latest restrictions, this winter is likely to be even harder in many respects. We have created new supporting information to specifically support you at this time – and we continue to update with every Wellbeing Wednesday – so please do visit our Wellbeing pages for advice.
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