Covid-19 – Latest Guidance from the Government – 6.00pm 19th May 2020

James Williams

Main points from today

  • Environment Secretary, George Eustice, led the briefing.
  • He urged furloughed workers to take a second job picking fruit or harvesting crops as only one third of the usual seasonal agricultural workforce from abroad was available.
  • In response to a question regarding schools he said the Government ‘was working very closely with trade unions and school leaders.’
  • Around 8 million workers currently furloughed. The Chancellor has said the UK Is facing a severe recession ‘the likes of which we haven’t seen.’
  • 89,784 tests yesterday.
  • 248,818 positive tests, an increase of 2,412 from yesterday.  35,341 deaths, an increase of 545

Latest Guidance (employment and business)
CJRS guidance can now be found here:-
Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme set to launch – Employers will be able to make claims through the Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme from 26 May. First published.  12:15am, 19 May 2020

Latest figures show millions benefitting from Treasury coronavirus support schemes
New figures on the UK-wide government support schemes for individuals and businesses have been published today, Tuesday 19 May 2020.

The Self-Employment Income Support Scheme guidance is here:-
Check if you can claim a grant through the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme

Latest Guidance (health)
Nothing new today.  This from yesterday:-
Statement from the UK Chief Medical Officers on an update to coronavirus symptoms: 18 March 2020
11:01am, 18 May 2020.  From today, all individuals should self-isolate if they develop a new continuous cough or fever or anosmia.  Anosmia is the loss of or a change in your normal sense of smell. It can also affect your sense of taste as the two are closely linked.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): attendance in education and early years settings – Updated COVID-19 attendance in education settings data and added Coronavirus (COVID-19) attendance in education settings: 15 May 2020 summary.  Time updated 2:43pm, 19 May 2020

Managing school premises during the coronavirus outbreak – Added information on preparing for the wider opening of schools including guidance on water systems, ventilation, fire safety and cleaning. 7:03pm, 18 May 2020

The general school guidance starts here:-
Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for schools and other educational settings

General Guidance
The general coronavirus guidance starts here:-

James Williams – Solicitor

James Williams

I am a qualified Employment Law and HR Solicitor. I specialise in acting for schools and advise on all aspects of employment law and HR including attending employee meetings, advising senior leaders, conducting redundancy consultations, drafting contracts of employment, advising on policies and procedures and negotiating settlement agreements.