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Coronavirus - Employment Law Update

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A press conference last night showed Wales’ First Minister Mark Drakeford setting out new rules as Wales enters Level 0 in relation to Coronavirus restrictions on 7th August 2021.

Here is a summary of the changes that will effect Employers, as we currently understand them:-

17th July 2021

  • Outdoor social distancing to end
  • Six people can meet inside private homes

7th August 2021

  • Face masks will continue to need to be worn in shops, health care settings and on public transport
  • Face masks will not be required in pubs, restaurants or schools
  • Pubs no longer required to provide table service
  • All businesses and premises will be able to fully reopen
  • Working from home will still be encouraged wherever possible
  • People who have been double vaccinated will no longer have to self-isolate when returning from an amber listed country but will still need to be tested  
  • Businesses will be expected to carry out an updated risk assessment regarding Coronavirus
  • Indoor social distancing to end on 7th August 2021
  • There will no longer be a legal requirement for workplace social distancing, however employers will still have an obligation to ensure the safety of their employees, you should assess if social distancing can still continue in the workplace, this will need to be assessed by each organisation via a risk assessment which takes into consideration the nature of the premises and risk of exposure  

The rules are subject to the state of the pandemic and no new variants being identified. 

For more information on any of the above or to speak to our expert Employment Law team on any Employment and HR issues contact us on 03333 208644 or email