• From today, anyone who tests positive for coronavirus will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace and will need to share information about their recent interactions. This could include household members, people with whom they have been in direct contact, or within 2 metres for more than 15 minutes.  People identified as having been in close contact with someone who has a positive test must stay at home for 14 days, even if they do not have symptoms, to stop unknowingly spreading the virus. These people may claim SSP for their time in self-isolation.
  • If those in isolation develop symptoms, they can book a test online or by calling 119. If they test positive, they must continue to stay at home for 7 days or until their symptoms have passed. If they test negative, they must complete the 14-day isolation period. Members of their household will not have to stay at home unless the person identified becomes symptomatic, at which point they must also self-isolate for 14 days.  Workplace guidance may be found here.
  • Guidance for people who have been notified by NHS Test and Trace that they are a contact of a person who has had a positive test result for coronavirus.

The new service applies to England only. Scotland has a similar approach named ‘Test and Protect’. Northern Ireland has been undertaking contact tracing for all confirmed COVID-19 cases since 15 May, and Wales is expected to launch its track and trace scheme in early June.

  • Home Office support services and application routes have now all fully reopened in line with public health guidance. This includes the reopening of the postal route for submitting identity documents for applicants who are unable to use the EU Exit: ID Document Check app to verify their identity.
  • The EU Settlement Resolution Centre continues to provide support 7 days a week by email and telephone, in line with public health guidance to work from home where possible.
  • Some UK Visa and Citizenship Application Centres (UKVCAS) will reopen for existing customers on 1 June 2020. You can check which UKVCAS centres are open.
  • The Department for Transport and the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency have published guidance for drivers who are regulated by EU or AETR drivers’ hours and tachograph rules, and mobile workers explaining how furlough interacts with activity recording and tachographs.
  • Government have released a report showing the impact of coronavirus on the immigration system, including UK arrivals, the EU Settlement Scheme, visa’s and asylum.  The data shows a 99% drop in passenger numbers for April when compared with last year.
  • From June 1, the GLAA will not be accepting any further applications for the temporary licencing scheme. scheme. Existing temporary licences will expire three months after they were granted, any incomplete temporary licence applications in process will be cancelled and existing temporary licence holders will receive advice setting out how to apply for a permanent licence.
  • PM Boris Johnson announced groups of up to six people will be able to meet outdoors in England from Monday 1 June, provided strict social distancing guidelines are followed.
  • Watch recordings of recent government webinars on the gov.uk You Tube channel including the series on business support, and the Working Safely webinars.  ALP will post links to the most relevant webinars on our Linked In page.  Follow us to get the latest updates.

GUIDANCE

  • New guidance has been published for manufacturing sites in Scotland, including procedures to plan for, and maintain, a safe place for all.
  • Updated answers to the most common topics asked about by the public for the coronavirus press conference
  • Updated guidance on testing.  Anyone with symptoms can now be tested with priority testing for essential workers and those who live with them.