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Staff FAQs

Staff FAQs

Updated in line with new lockdown measures with effect from 5 January 2020

Within the workplace 

I don’t live in the Clackmannanshire area. Can I still travel into the area for work?

Whilst no non essential travel should take place, essential travel, which includes travelling to work, is permitted which means you can travel from one area to another for work purposes.

My role does not allow me to work from home. Should I still come in to my place of work?

The guidance from the Scottish Government is to work from home where possible but if your role and service area requires you to attend your workplace you should continue to do this. You should discuss your individual circumstances with your line manager.

Do I have to wear a face covering at work?

Yes. The latest guidance from the Scottish Government is that face coverings should be worn in communal areas and in corridors ie if walking to the toilet or a communal kitchen area. Face coverings do not have to be worn when you are at your desk.

My role involves sharing a council vehicle with a colleague. Can I still do this?

Yes. The council follow national guidance and have undertaken risk assessments for those members of staff who are required to share a council vehicle, for example refuse collection. Appropriate measures are in place to ensure the safety of our staff. If you have any queries about this you should speak to your manager in the first instance.

For general car sharing or car sharing to come to work you should not share a car with someone you don't live with.

My role involves me having to enter households to carry out repair work. Is this still allowed?

Essential repairs are still permitted to all our properties.  You should discuss any concerns you may have about this with your manager.

Can I use public transport to get to work?

Yes. However the Scottish Government advice is use of public transport should be minimised and Government advice is to walk, run, cycle, wheel (active travel) where possible.

How can I report something which I think is unsafe?

You can use the near miss form to report any situation in the workplace which you think is unsafe.  It is helpful if you can be as specific as possible, and be prepared to talk to your line manager or the H&S team about the concern you are raising.

Shielding

I was on the Shielding list during the first lockdown. Am I being asked to go back into shielding again?

No. The Scottish Government is not advising people to start shielding again but you should take some extra precautions to ensure your safety. This includes:

  • Minimise contact with people outside your own household
  • You should not take public transport, including taxis
  • Strictly follow the guidelines when shopping and limiting the number of times you go to a shop
  • Shop at quieter times
  • Children on the shielding list should not attend school or college in person

Can I work if I was previously on the Shielding list?

The updated guidance from the Scottish Government is that if you were previously on the Shielding list you should only work from home.

 What if I can’t work from home?

If you previously shielded, you will receive a letter from the Chief Medical Officer from 5 January 2021 which will serve as a fit note and is called a Shielding Notification. You should make your line manager aware when you receive your letter. You will not need a separate fit note from your GP.

Can I still attend my usual medical appointments.

Yes.

I have been vaccinated against Covid-19 – do I still need to follow the advice?

Yes. You should follow all advice for those on the shielding list, even if you have had a coronavirus vaccination. This includes the advice about work.

Will food boxes be introduced again?

The Scottish Government is not planning to re-introduce food boxes. This is because they are not asking you to stop going to shops, although they are advising you to limit the number of times you visit shops, consider shopping at quieter times, and where possible shop on-line. 

How do I get a access to a priority online shopping delivery slot?

If you, your child or someone you care for is on the shielding list and you haven’t registered for a priority slot, you can sign up now. The supermarkets that offer this service are Asda, Tesco, Morrison’s, Sainsbury’s, Iceland and Waitrose.

If you sign up for the service, your details will go to these supermarkets to allow them to add you to their priority booking list. Whilst this doesn’t guarantee you a slot, which will be dependent on availability, it will give you access to view booking slots further in advance.

How do I request the shielding letter information in a different format?

Other formats of the shielding  letter may be available on request. If you or someone you know needs this information in a different format or language, please email phs.healthdata@phs.scot. Use the subject line ‘translation request’.

Please include these details about the person who needs the different format:

  • name
  • address and postcode
  • CHI number
  • format or language required

Please also tell say if information should be send in this format in future.

If you prefer, you can call the national helpline on 0800 111 4000 with this information. The helpline is open Monday to Friday, from 9am to 5pm.

How can I stay up to date with what’s happening?

You can sign up for the shielding text message service. If you have not already signed up, you can do this by texting your 10 digit CHI number to 07860 064525. You can find your CHI number on the Shielding letters you have received.

Outside the workplace

What will the new lockdown measures mean for me?

Under the new measures which came into effect on 5 January 2021, you must stay at home as much as possible and should only leave your home (or garden) for an essential purpose.

A list of essential purposes can be found at https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/

Does that mean I can’t leave my house at all?

No. The Government are not advising you to stop going outside as this is  good for mental and physical health. You should however stay at home as much as possible but you can still go out for exercise and essential shopping or medicines.

Can I meet my friends and family indoors?

You should not meet up with any other households indoors.

However you can meet indoors if you are part of an “extended household”. You can form an extended household with one other household if:

  • you are an adult and live alone or if you are a single parent and your children are under the age of 18.
  • you are in a relationship with someone and you do not live together. You and any children you or you partner live with can form an extended household.  

Can I meet up with friends or family outdoors?

Up to 2 people from 2 separate households can meet outdoors for sport, exercise or social interaction.

Children under 12 do not count towards households or numbers when meeting outside. Children under 12 do not need to maintain physical distance from others indoors or outdoors.

Members of an individual or extended household can meet outdoors for sport, exercise or social interaction.

Can I go to a restaurant for a meal?

No. All restaurants will be closed, although takeaways can continue to operate if they follow the necessary measures.

What about cafes?

As with restaurants, under Level 4 restrictions and the new lockdown measures, cafes will be not be able to open. They will be able to offer a takeaway service.

Are takeaways allowed to remain open?

Yes. Under the new guidance, takeaways will be allowed to remain open.

Are shops still going to be open?

No.  All non essential shops are closed.

Can I still go to the gym?

No.  Indoor sports facilities are closed. 

Can I take part in outdoor group exercise class?

Organised sport and exercise can only take place within a single household group, or a group containing no more than 2 people from 2 different households.  Children under the age of 12 from these households do not count towards this number.

What exercise will I be able to take part in?

Local outdoor recreation, sport or exercise, walking, cycling, golf, or running that starts and finishes at the same place (which can be up to 5 miles from the boundary of your local authority area) as long as you abide by the rules on meeting other households

Can I go to my place of Worship

No. Places of worship are required to close for worship, but can open for the purposes of leading an act of worship (broadcast or online), conducting a marriage or civil partnership ceremony or a funeral.​​​​​

Will indoor sports activities continue for children?

No.  All indoor sports facilities are shut.

Organised sport and exercise for under-12s can continue in line with workplace and socialising guidance, and sport-specific guidance agreed between the Scottish Governing Body of Sport and sportscotland. Sports providers must ensure they operate in line with the relevant guidance https://sportscotland.org.uk/covid-19/latest-sport-and-physical-activity-guidance/

Weddings and Funerals. Can these still go ahead?

Wedding ceremonies and civil partnership registrations can take place with a maximum capacity of 5 people (including the couple, the witnesses and the person conducting the ceremony, 6 if an interpreter is required), provided the venue’s capacity allows for 2 metre physical distancing. 

Funerals can take place with a maximum capacity of 20, provided the venue’s capacity allows for 2 metre physical distancing.

Wedding or civil partnership receptions and post funeral gatherings such as wakes and cannot take place.  

You must maintain a safe distance of 2 metres between people not in your household or extended household.

Face coverings must be worn by those attending a wedding or civil partnership, except for the couple and the person conducting the ceremony.  Face coverings do not need to be worn by the person leading a funeral service or by the person providing the eulogy.    

Christenings, bar mitzvahs and other life events apart from weddings, civil partnerships or funerals should not take place.

Will I still be able to travel abroad?

The Scottish Government is asking everyone now not to go ahead with any non-essential travel abroad.  Those who are already overseas can continue with their trip as planned.

If you do travel for essential reasons you should be aware that, as the list of countries and regions to which the quarantine rules applies changes frequently, you may be required to self-isolate when you return even if your destination is currently exempt from the requirement to self-isolate.

It is vital that before travelling overseas you check the rules put in place by the destination country about who is allowed to enter, requirements for quarantine and restrictions on movements within the country.  You are advised also to check that your insurance policy provides cover for cancellations.    

If you do go abroad and return from one of the counties not on the Scottish Government's exempt list and are required to quarantine, you should discuss with your manager whether you can work the time back or use additional leave, flexi leave or as a last resort unpaid leave to cover the period of quarantine. Please note you will not be able to use special paid leave to cover this period. 
 

Can I travel within the UK? 

At present, unless you live in certain island communities you must, by law, stay at home unless you have a reasonable excuse:

  • if you have to travel for essential purposes, you should follow the guidance for travelling safely.
  • you should also keep journeys within the area to an absolute minimum.

Under current Scottish law, given the state of the epidemic, unless you have a reasonable excuse (see exceptions) you must not travel between Scotland and:

  • England
  • Northern Ireland
  • Wales
  • Republic of Ireland
  • Jersey
  • Guernsey
  • The Isle of Man 

You should be aware that, if you travel for essential reasons, rules may apply in other countries or Crown Dependencies within the Common Travel Area that may restrict your ability to enter or travel within them, or which may require you to self-isolate for a period of time after your arrival.  Please check any restrictions that may be in place in your destination before you travel. You can find information here:

Visiting Hospitals

Please see the guidance at https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-hospital-visiting-guidance/

Visiting Care Home

Please see the guidance at https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-adult-care-homes-visiting-guidance/

What should I do if I become ill?

More FAQs are available if you have questions about what to do if you become ill

Covid vaccination programme

You will find more infromation about the Covid vaccination programme on the NHS Inform website