UK Government issued new guidance on 21 March for people who are at very high risk of severe illness from coronavirus (COVID-19) because of an underlying health condition, and for their family, friends and carers, you can find that guidance here.
Whilst the rest of the household are not required to adopt these protective shielding measures for themselves, Government advice is to do what they can to support individuals at very high risk in shielding and to stringently follow guidance on social distancing. Therefore, the Risk Assessment process for staff who are in a group(s) identified as vulnerable/at risk could be utilised to help guide and facilitate a discussion between line manager and employee about their wider circumstances and concerns about those in their households who are identified as vulnerable/at risk/at very high risk.
We understand that some of you have real concerns about older relatives or those with underlying health conditions. Please be reminded that the Care First employee assistance programme is available for advice and support for staff, online and via a free-phone number 0800 174319, 24 hours a day.
Please also access the Employee Wellbeing pages on the intranet which provide a range of tools which you may find helpful.