Coronavirus - Staff FAQs
Social distancing and protecting older and vulnerable people
an increased risk from coronavirus, what should I do?
issued guidance for social distancing for
everyone in the UK and protecting people with an increased risk from
coronavirus. If you fall into this
group, your manager will update your HR Connect record, using the category
‘Vulnerable Group (as per Government guidance).
your work cannot be undertaken at home due to your role or technology
requirements, you may be asked to undertake alterative duties from
home. You should keep in regular contact with your manager during this
period. Please see the FAQ on homeworking for responses regarding salary
payments during this period.
What is the definition of those who are at increased risk of coronavirus?
The Government are advising those who are at increased risk of severe
illness from coronavirus (COVID-19) to be particularly stringent in following
social distancing measures. This group includes those people who are:
aged 70 or older (regardless
of medical conditions)
under 70 with an underlying
health condition as outlined here
There are also some clinical
conditions which put people at even higher risk of severe illness from
COVID-19. These people need to take
extra steps to avoid getting it (shielding) and follow NHS advice to protect themselves.
What does the Government mean by applying social distancing measures?
The Government has defined social distancing measures that should be
applied to reduce the social interaction between people which in turn will help
reduce the transmission of coronavirus.
The Government has published new guidance on ‘social
distancing’, with a particular focus on protecting older people and
vulnerable adults (including those who are pregnant). The Government advice is
that everyone should follow these measures.
The social distancing measures that the Government has introduced is for
everyone to stay at home to help stop the spread of coronavirus. People should only leave their home for very
for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent
- One form of exercise a day,
for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your
- Any medical need, including
to donate blood, avoid or escape risk of injury or harm, or to provide
care or to help a vulnerable person.
- Travelling for work
purposes, but only where you cannot work from home.
reasons are exceptions – even when doing these activities, people should be
minimising time spent outside of the home and ensuring that they remain at
least two metres apart from anyone outside their household.
separate advice for people who are at high risk of getting seriously ill from
coronavirus and if you, or someone you live with has symptoms of coronavirus
These measures are likely to be in place for some time and will
understandably be very challenging for many individuals and families. The Government provides
further information relating to health and wellbeing (via NHS)
and staff may wish to access the University’s support provisions during this