On 22 February 2021, the UK Government published its original "Roadmap out of Lockdown" for England, which was initially due to see a "cautious but irreversible" lifting of all legal limits on social contact by 21 June (if certain strict conditions were met) (the "Roadmap"). Following a delay in the introduction of Step 4, from 19 July the majority of remaining COVID-19 restrictions in England have been lifted, including no longer instructing people to work from home wherever possible. Step 4 has, however, coincided with an increase in the prevalence of the COVID-19 'Delta' variant across the UK, leading to increasing numbers of infections and cases of individuals being required to self-isolate.
New Government guidance for people who work in or run offices and similar indoor environments has been released, but questions remain over what employers and businesses should do from a practical perspective if they wish to both safeguard their employees and encourage a return to the office.
In this note, we consider the current guidance for employers with employees who normally work in offices in England only.