Covid-19 – Latest Guidance from the Government – 6.30pm 2nd April 2020

James Williams

Main points from today

  • Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, returned from self-isolation to lead the briefing today.
  • 33,718 confirmed cases, 12,949 admitted to hospital, 2,921 deaths with 569 new deaths.
  • Rate of infection is doubling every 3 to 4 days.
  • 45 million pieces of PPE delivered yesterday.
  • £300 million announced for community pharmacies.
  • £13.4 billion of NHS debt written off.
  • Tests to increase from 10,000 at end March to 25,000 by end April.
  • 100,000 anti-body tests (to test if a person has had the virus) by end of April.

Latest Guidance (employment and business)
Claim for wage costs through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Claim a grant through the coronavirus (COVID-19) Self-employment Income Support Scheme

No further guidance today.

Latest Guidance (health)
Nothing new today.

Schools
Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance on vulnerable children and young people – Updated 1 April 2020:-
14. Does the provision for vulnerable children include the Easter holidays?
Education is a protective factor for vulnerable children and we want to make sure that protection remains in place during the Easter holidays given the current circumstances.

We are asking providers, wherever possible, to maintain provision for children of workers critical to the COVID-19 response and vulnerable children over the Easter holidays. We are asking social workers and schools, wherever possible, to encourage vulnerable children who have a social worker to continue to attend an education setting during the Easter holidays, so long as they do not have underlying health conditions that puts them at severe risk.

Keeping children safe in education updated to add a link to the guidance ‘Coronavirus (COVID-19): safeguarding in schools, colleges and other providers’. 4:14pm, 2 April 2020

General Guidance
The general coronavirus guidance starts here:-
https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

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.