Here’s what you need to know, based on our best interpretation of the official guidance and what we’ve seen from other reputable news sources who are quoting government officials.
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Going to Work (or not)
The official requirements are:
You should only leave the house for one of four reasons:
- Shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible.
- One form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household.
- Any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person.
- Travelling to and from work, but only where this absolutely cannot be done from home.
These four reasons are exceptions – even when doing these activities, you should be minimising time spent outside of the home and ensuring you are 2 metres apart from anyone outside of your household.
These measures must be followed by everyone. Separate advice is available for individuals or households who are isolating, and for the most vulnerable who need to be shielded.
If you work in a critical sector outlined in this guidance, or your child has been identified as vulnerable, you can continue to take your children to school.
But what does this actually mean?
If I don’t work in a ‘critical’ job should I still go to work?
Short answer: yes
Long answer: Challenge your employer if necessary over whether or not you can work from home. Now might be a good time to consider trade union representation if needed. Can’t be done? Go to work – but don’t mix and mingle.