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Coronavirus staff update - 30 September 2020

Face coverings are compulsory when sharing a council vehicle.

Staff are being reminded that following a change to Welsh Government legislation is now compulsory for staff to wear a face covering if you are sharing a council vehicle with other people.

This is in addition to the mitigating measures contained within the relevant risk assessment that all staff should be working to. Please note that failure to comply would be a criminal offence subject to the imposition of a fine and also risks possible disciplinary action. The guidance from Welsh Government indicates that medical exemptions are permitted and you should advise your manager if you intend to claim such an exemption, but the individual will be responsible for justifying the exemption to the enforcement bodies, if challenged.

Sharing council vehicles with other members of staff should take place only if agreed with your manager as part of the risk assessment. Discussions continue with the trade unions to review risk assessments where necessary.

Staff are welcome to provide their own face covering line with guidance but the council will also make available where required.

We would also like to remind staff that it is a legal requirement to wear face coverings on public transport, including buses and taxis.

Work from home where possible

Following the latest Welsh Government announcement staff are reminded that the situation regarding working in the office is unchanged and staff should work from home where possible. If you do plan to come into work then please remember to book a desk with your line manager, wear a mask when in the public areas and familiarise yourself with the risk assessment and FAQs before coming into the building.

Please follow the link to Staffnet for more information


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