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Shielding – Easing of level 4 restrictions

From 26 April 2021, the Scottish Government expect that people on the shielding list who are currently at Level 4 will be able to return to the workplace, if they cannot work from home. This is because, from this date, all areas currently in Level 4 should move down to Level 3 or lower. 

Your manager will contact you in due course to discuss your situation. If your role does not permit you to work from home your manager will complete an individual risk assessment for you to ensure that appropriate health and safety measures are in place to allow you to return to the workplace.

Your manager will also ask you to complete a COVID Age assessment prior to discussing your return to work with you, which will help your manager identify the level of risk you would be at, should you contract COVID 19. Your manager will assess the information on the assessment form and use it to inform your individual risk assessment. If an individual risk assessment and COVID Age assessment was previously completed your manager will arrange for this information to be reviewed to take account of any changes.

The Council recognises that not all shielding employees will feel able to return to work due to the nature of their condition and the inability to apply necessary health and safety measures.  If this applies to you, your manager will seek advice from Employee Relations and discuss with you. If required guidance may be sought from Occupational Health.

If you live or work in an area that goes up to Level 4 in the future, you should keep working from home if you can. If you cannot work from home, the Scottish Government advice is that you should not go to work while the area in which you live or work is in Level 4. if you are unable to undertake work from home you will be recorded as on Special Leave – COVID Shielding on iTrent. This will not be recorded as sickness absence and will have no impact on your ability to take annual leave.

The Scottish Government have advised that employees on the shielding list should follow this advice even if you have had one or both doses of the coronavirus vaccine. This includes the advice about work.

If you need any additional assistance, please contact the People Helpdesk on 01698 403 151

Updated on 8th April 2021

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