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Every Monday, HR-inform is publishing an article briefly outlining some of the biggest developments of the last week that organisations should be aware of.


Mandatory vaccines approved by MPs

The Regulations which set out the requirement for care home staff in England to be vaccinated has been approved by MPs: “Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) (Amendment) (Coronavirus) Regulations 2021”. No changes to what we understand e.g. will commence in October, affected employees will have 16 weeks to get fully vaccinated, affects care homes in England where residents require nursing or personal care.

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Most restrictions eased in England

Step 4 is here for England; people not instructed to work from home anymore; facemasks and social distancing not a legal requirement anymore; nightclubs can open.

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Scotland moves to Covid alert level 0

Scotland is now at level 0 but nightclubs still closed, face masks etc still required as before. A "gradual" return to office working is scheduled for 9 August.

Read more on Scotland here.

Wales moves to Covid alert level 1

Wales is also now at level 1 which means ice rinks can open. Face masks etc still required as before. Home working still encouraged. Further relaxations on 7 August.

Read more on Wales here.

Self-isolation rules have changed

Fully vaccinated people can now return to England, Scotland and Wales from an amber country without self-isolation – except from France due to concern over the Beta variant of Covid.