Tuesday 10 March 2020

Italy: updated UK Foreign Office advice

The UK Foreign Office now advises against all but essential travel to Italy, due to the ongoing outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and in line with various controls and restrictions imposed by the Italian authorities on Monday 9 March.

In addition, the UK government is advising that anyone returning from any part of Italy (not just the restricted areas referred to in the Frazer-Nash update of 2nd March) on or after Monday 9 March 2020 must self-isolate for 14 days, even if they have no symptoms.

It is expected that the Australian government will issue the same advice on travel to Italy within the next 24 hours.

Check to see if you’re OK – or need to take action – visit 111 online

The NHS has launched an online service for anyone who believes they may be affected by COVID-19If you think you have symptoms, or you or a close contact may have come into contact with the virus when travelling, please visit the NHS 111 online service to take their short questionnaire.

To protect yourself and others, do not go to a GP, pharmacy or hospital.

If you are impacted, please contact your line manager to discuss working arrangements.

International Travel: sources of information

The latest travel advice can be found on the UK government’s travel advice service. In Australia help and support is here.

If you are travelling, we are members of International SOS. Please make a note of the membership number 14AYSM096735 and the web address http://internationalsos.com/member-zone

Please check your laptop and remember to take it home every day

 To ensure you are able to work remotely, please take your laptop home with you every day – remembering to take your headphones and power adapter. Now is a good time to check that you can connect to the network and that your SIM card is working. If you need help and advice, please raise a ticket with the Service Hub.

Taking preventative measures

Remember to wash your hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer.

After you have used a tissue, please dispose of it in a general waste bin not the recycling bin.

Hand washing

Please see the image above for a guide on how to thoroughly wash your hands.

Try to avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands. We frequently touch our face during the day without thinking about it.

If you wear contact lenses always, ensure that you have washed your hands with soap and water thoroughly before inserting or removing them.

When arranging for visitors to come to our offices consider whether a face-to-face meeting is necessary or whether alternative means of communication can be used.

Keep up to date

Ensure that you regularly check this page and the Building our Future COVID-19 portal for further updates.