Dealer U-turns after asking staff to come to work COVID-19 positive
Dealer U-turns after asking staff to come to work COVID-19 positive

Dealer U-turns after asking staff to come to work COVID-19 positive

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  • A British dealer has turned the U-on on for guidance, telling staff they could get to work even if they are positive with COVID-19.
  • The chain is now advising staff who have the virus to “stay home.”
  • The move comes as the number of UK COVID-19 cases rises sharply.

A UK housing retailer has withdrawn on advice sent to workers who said they could get to work even after testing positive for COVID-19, the Financial Times reported.

A memo released by housing chain executives Wilko in early March told employees they could still get to work after being tested positive if they felt healthy enough, the newspaper reported.

“If you test positive for COVID-19 and are feeling well, you can continue to get to work. If you feel too bad to work, you should follow the absence policy,” the memo reads, according to FT.

The discount store’s circular seemed to be a response to the easing of England’s self-isolation rules. The government’s legal requirement to isolate itself after receiving a positive test in the UK was repealed on 24 February.

But with the number of cases across the UK now rising, the dealer has withdrawn on the opinion and advised staff they should continue to isolate at home.

In a statement sent to Insider, Wilko CEO Jerome Saint-Marc said: “Our advice to team members who have covid symptoms / test positive is that even though they are no longer required by law to isolate themselves, they should still be at home and avoid contact with others. This will help reduce the risk of spreading Covid-19. “

Saint-Marc also said improved sickness benefits were available to workers who had tested positive for COVID-19, according to the statement.

The number of weekly COVID-19 infections in the UK has increased since the requirement to isolate was abolished. There were 444,210 cases in the week to March 14, an increase of 144,184 cases or 48.1% over the previous seven-day period, according to British government data.

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