- Step into step 3: Employer’s guide to the next stage of the government’s roadmap
- Most businesses in all but the highest risk sectors will be able to reopen: cinemas, theatres, concert halls, museums, art galleries and stately homes will be permitted to reopen for the first time in months, provided they follow government guidance on working safely during coronavirus
- Most legal restrictions on meeting outdoors will be lifted, subject to a maximum of 30 people
- A maximum of six people or two households will be able to meet indoors: staff will be able to socialise indoors with colleagues and clients for the first time in months
- The Stay in the UK restriction will be lifted and people will be able to travel to a new green list of countries and territories, if they permit inbound travel. The remainder of the accommodation sector will be permitted to open, including hotels, hostels and B&Bs, and overnight stays with other households will be permitted
- Employers should be prepared for higher levels of short term, unplanned absences
- Expect guidance on working from home to be reviewed by 21 June 2021, and make preparations for future working models and working spaces
Employment analysis: On 17 May 2021, England will enter Step 3 of the government’s roadmap for the lifting of restrictions following the third national lockdown. Hannah Ford, Partner, and Sarah Taylor, PSL, of Stevens & Bolton set out below the key changes and what employers should be doing now to prepare for this next stage in the easing of restrictions.
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