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Announcement re shielding from 1 August 2020

shawn mach
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So the govt has announced that “from Saturday 1 August, the guidance will be relaxed so clinically extremely vulnerable people will no longer be advised to shield ...” and that the “government shielding support package will remain in place until the end of July ...”

So presumably this means no SSP via the Statutory Sick Pay (General) (Coronavirus Amendment) (No. 3) Regulations 2020 (SI.No.427/2020) ...

NB - in its announcement the govt helpfully says that “updated guidance for those classed as clinically extremely vulnerable will be published on .... 1 August as these measures come into force”

More: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/plans-to-ease-guidance-for-over-2-million-shielding

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Interestingly although the announcement was only made yesterday letters about the change have already been received today. Lots of stuff about what people can do from 1st August - with the proviso that there remains a need to maintain strict social distancing (whatever that may be by then). That is clearly going to be a challenge to do.

[ Edited: 23 Jun 2020 at 02:19 pm by Ianb ]
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The Statutory Sick Pay (General) (Coronavirus Amendment) (No. 5) Regulations 2020
Made3rd August 2020
Laid before Parliament4th August 2020
Coming into force5th August 2020

EXPLANATORY NOTE

Regulation 2 of these Regulations amends Schedule 1 to the Statutory Sick Pay (General) Regulations 1982 (S.I. 1982/894) to ensure that a person is entitled to statutory sick pay for the full period for which they are required to self-isolate and for the period a person is required to stay at home after testing positive for coronavirus.