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The latest COVID-19 updates applicable to the landscape industry.

England 

England transitioned to step 4 of the 'Roadmap out of lockdown' on 19th July 2021.  At step 4 the Government removed outstanding legal restrictions on social contact and life events.  However, the Government continue to urge people to get vaccinated, and to self-isolate and get tested if they have symptoms. It will remain a legal requirement for people to self-isolate if they test positive or are told to do so by NHS Test and Trace.

Note: Despite the transition to step 4, businesses, employers and other organisations must continue to undertake a specific coronavirus risk assessment and take reasonable measures to minimise exposure to, and the spread of, coronavirus.

Please click here for full details of the current restrictions.  

Scotland   

The legal requirement for physical distancing and limits on gatherings was removed on 9th August 2021.  Some protective measures remain, including:

- Use of face coverings will remain law in indoor public places and on public transport, subject to exceptions. 
- Home working is advised where possible, subject to business need and staff wellbeing.  For the longer term, employers are encouraged to consider a hybrid model of home/office working.  
- Hygiene guidance will remain to assist individuals and businesses 
- Adults identified as close contacts of someone who has tested positive for Covid-19 will no longer be required to self-isolate for 10 days from 9th August 2021.  Anyone who is double-vaccinated with at least two weeks passed since their second dose and who has no symptoms will be able to end self-isolation if they return a negative PCR test. 

Note: Businesses, employers and other organisations must continue to undertake a specific coronavirus risk assessment and take reasonable measures to minimise exposure to, and the spread of, coronavirus.

Please click here for full details of the latest update.         

Wales 

Wales transitioned to Alert Level Zero on 7th August 2021, meaning there are no longer legal limits on the number of people who can meet, including in private homes, public places or at events. In addition all businesses and premises may be open.

Some requirements remain, however:

- Everyone must continue to self-isolate for 10 days if they test positive for COVID-19.  If you are a close contact of someone who has tested positive and you are aged 18 or over and not fully vaccinated, you must also self-isolate for 10 days. 
- Adults and children over 12 must continue to wear face-coverings  in indoor public places, with the exception of hospitality settings such as restaurants, pubs, cafes or nightclubs.
- People should still work from home wherever possible

Note: Businesses, employers and other organisations must continue to undertake a specific coronavirus risk assessment and take reasonable measures to minimise exposure to, and the spread of, coronavirus.

Please click here for full details of the latest update.   

Northern Ireland 

The following restrictions remain in Northern Ireland:
- a 1 metre social distancing rule remains in restaurants in workplaces
- working from home is encouraged where possible 

Full details of current restrictions may be reviewed here.