Entering or returning to the UK
If a resident or visitor travelling to the UK from any country, you must provide the government with journey details by visiting their website (Journey details). If this is not done then you will find entering UK will be delayed or refused and/or could be fined up to £100.
Once you arrive to where you will be staying, you must self-isolate for 14 days, unless arriving from an exempt country. If you have travelled from an exempt country but have been in a country that is not exempt within the last 14 days, you must self-isolate for the remainder of the 14 days since you were last in the non-exempt country. A list of exempt countries can be found on the government website (Exempt countries).
Working options during self-isolation
If the person can work from home, their work will not be greatly affected.
If an employee cannot do their job from home, they may apply for annual leave for some of all of the self-isolation period, with some being unpaid.
An employer can make use of the governments furlough scheme, for the duration of the self-isolation but must be a minimum of 3 weeks. Employee must have been furloughed previously.
Employees and workers are not entitled to Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) if they're self-isolating after returning to the UK and cannot work from home. But an employer can choose to pay them SSP - or a higher rate of sick pay - if they want to.
Why self-isolating is important
When you arrive in the UK, it is very important that you stay in your declared accommodation for 14 days. It can take up to 14 days for you to develop coronavirus symptoms after you catch the virus and, in this time, you can unknowingly pass it on to others, even if you don’t have symptoms.
Self-isolating will reduce the chance of a second wave of coronavirus in the UK and help prevent family, friends and the community from contracting coronavirus, as well as helping to protect the NHS.
Arrivals from countries that are exempt from the requirement will not be required to self-isolate, because they’re travelling from places that have been assessed as low risk.
How to self-isolate in your accommodation
You should self-isolate in one place for the full 14 days, where you can have food and other necessities delivered, and stay away from others. You must self-isolate at the address you provided on the public health passenger locator form.
This can include:
· your own home
· staying with friends or family
· a hotel or other temporary accommodation
You should not have visitors, including friends and family, unless they are providing:
· emergency assistance
· care or assistance, including personal care
· medical assistance
· veterinary services
· certain critical public services
· You cannot go out to work or school or visit public areas. You should not go shopping. If you require help buying groceries, other shopping or picking up medication, you should ask friends or relatives or order a delivery.
In England, you must only exercise within your home or garden. You cannot leave your home to walk your dog. You will need to ask friends or relatives to help you with this.
What to do if you get coronavirus symptoms
You should look for any of the following symptoms in the 14 days after the day you arrive in the UK:
· new continuous cough
· high temperature
· loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
If you have any of these symptoms, you should continue to self-isolate at home. If you are staying with others and you develop symptoms, the whole household that you are staying with will need to begin self-isolating.
You should apply for a test if you have the symptoms of coronavirus. You can register for a test with the NHS (NHS website). If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 119 to arrange for a test. You must self-isolate for at least 14 days from the point you arrived in the UK and/or 10 days from symptoms onset.
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