Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19)

People at high risk from COVID-19

People who are at high risk of serious illness from coronavirus (COVID-19) must take extra steps to stay safe.

People at high risk will have been identified and contacted by the NHS. They may be referred to as being 'clinically extremely vulnerable'.

Their employer must also take extra steps to keep them safe, for example by:

  • supporting them to work from home where possible
  • providing extra safety measures at their workplace

If someone’s been shielding

People at high risk may have been shielding during the COVID-19 pandemic. This means they will have stayed at home rather than go out to work.

The government stopped advising people to shield in April 2021, but those at high risk should still take extra steps to stay safe.

Check the latest government guidelines for:

When someone at high risk returns to work

Employers should continue to support working from home where possible for people at high risk.

If working from home is not possible and the workplace is open, the person at high risk and their employer should talk as early as possible about:

If a doctor says someone should stay at home

A doctor may still advise someone who’s at high risk to stay at home, even though shielding has stopped. For this situation, check your organisation’s:

The employer should talk with the person to understand the issue and see how they can support them.

If an employee lives with someone who's at high risk

Government guidelines are that people who live with someone at high risk should work from home if they can.

If they cannot work from home, they can go into work.

They should speak to their employer if they have any concerns. Their employer must keep the workplace safe.

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