COVID-19: Should your staff return to work?

The government has again come under attack for mixed messages over the phased return to work. Its online self-assessment checker will help clarify whether or not staff should go into work at this stage of the coronavirus lockdown.


Staff on furlough have been told they can stay on furlough, unless they are asked to come off furlough by their employer. They can then use this link to find out if they should be returning to work, and if so, how to do so safely.

The guidance, which is for England only, states that the usual rules on feeling unwell still apply. If you or anyone in your household currently have symptoms of coronavirus then you must not go to work.

The Government's step by step guide to reopening businesses safely can be found here. This tool directs users to information that is relevant to the unique circumstances of their particular organisation.

Detailed guidance on ongoing restrictions.

In numbers

Variance in publicly reported numbers can be attributed to misreporting and under-reporting of infections and deaths.

For uniformity, our publication quotes data from the World Health Organisation, the UK Government and independent catastrophe risk modelling company, AIR Worldwide.

Domestic numbers from the UK Government show that, as of 17:00 on 12th July, 44,830 had, of which 11 in the prior 24 hours and 21 in the 24 hours prior to that.

According to the WHO, as of 4:49pm CEST, 12th July 2020, there have been 12,552,765 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 561,617 deaths.

AIR Worldwide's projection for T+1 week foresees 106.464 million cases, and 1.23 million deaths, which includes those who are currently infected.

For in-depth advice on a safe and secure return to work, listen to CIR's latest podcast.

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