This update provides a summary of help and advice currently being communicated in the UK and Australia. We are in a rapidly changing situation – so please check the links for the latest position.
Informing us that you are ill and/or self-isolating
If you are unable to work due to sickness, the usual notification process applies. Please inform your line manager as soon as possible. The PAPs on sick leave can be found here: UK – PAP1060; AUSPAP1060.
If you are off work and self-isolating, please inform your line manager as normal AND the Human Resources Team on firstname.lastname@example.org. This ensures that our reporting and wellbeing activities are coordinated.
Outlook and Teams: please let us know where you are!
As you may know Teams uses your Outlook diary to reflect your current status. If working remotely, please include this in your diary and reflect this in your Teams online status (adding your preferred method of contact as a status message, if needed).
Do you have colleagues on long term leave or maternity leave?
If you have team members on long term or maternity leave, please take the opportunity to keep them up to date.
Colleagues working off site?
Line managers/Group Leaders: please ensure that these updates are communicated to staff who are currently working off site, who may not have access to Frazer-Nash systems or email.
On Thursday 12 March, the UK government confirmed that they had moved into the delay phase of COVID-19. As a result of the updated advice, please ensure:
If you have a high temperature and/or cough then you should self-isolate for seven days. Unsure what to do? Click here.
Use the online NHS111 COVID-19 questionnaire for advice and only phone NHS111 if your symptoms get worse. Do not go to your GP or hospital unless advised to by NHS111.
The Scottish Government has issued additional guidance and has decided, with effect from Monday 16 March, to stop all events that have 500 or more people involved.
The Republic of Ireland has closed all schools, colleges and childcare facilities from Friday 13 March until Friday 27 March 2020.
With effect from Monday 16 March 2020, gatherings of more than 500 people will be stopped in Australia. This does not apply to schools, universities, public transport or airports.
In addition, advice from the Australian Government is that only essential overseas travel should be undertaken regardless of destination. The Australian Government has issued the following advice:
Travel to America – Defence work
The International Visits Control Office (IVCO) has informed us that only business critical visits will now be accepted because of COVID-19.
Please ensure that any visit requests being submitted to IVCO for the United States are ‘Business Critical’ and cannot be rearranged, delayed or take place via other means such as conference calls. Please liaise with your host to ensure that your visit falls into this category and is still going ahead.