The latest COVID-19 updates applicable to the landscape industry.
On Wednesday 8th December 2021 the Prime Minister confirmed England will transition to a new set of guidelines (referred to as ‘Plan B’ by the Government) in response to the rapid spread of a variant of the Covid virus called ‘Omicron’.
The new guidelines are as follows:
- From 10th December 2021, face coverings will be required by law in most outdoor settings
- From 13th December 2021 office workers who can work from home should do so
- From 15th December 2021 some venues and events will be required by law to check that all visitors aged 18 years or over are fully vaccinated, have proof of a negative test in the last 48 hours, or have an exemption. The effect of the new guidelines on the landscape industry will be limited; site-based operations (or indeed any business operation that cannot be carried out from home) can continue – but remain subject to COVID secure working.
On the 29th November 2021 the First Minister held a media briefing following the emergence of the COVID-19 Omicron variant. The First Minister requested compliance with existing precautions: use of face coverings, hygiene, getting vaccinated and testing regularly with lateral flow devices. She also reminded people to work from home if possible and asked employers to make sure they are maximising the potential of home working.
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.
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 current rules in Wales.
The following restrictions remain in Northern Ireland:
- It is mandatory to wear a face covering when going into or inside the public areas of any enclosed publically-accessible premises.
- a 1 metre social distancing rule remains in restaurants in workplaces
- working from home is encouraged where possible
Please click here for current rules in Northern Ireland.