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Lockdown 3 | Legally comes into force

On the 4th January, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced England would enter its third lockdown to curb the continued surge in coronavirus cases. The message is people must stay at home, except for limited exceptions.

A summary of these limited exceptions can be found here and include:

  • Work - you can only leave home for work purposes where it is unreasonable for you to do your job from home, including but not limited to people who work within critical national infrastructure, construction or manufacturing that require in-person attendance
  • House moves:  Estate and letting agents and removal firms can continue to work with property viewings still also allowed.  It is essential to follow the national guidance on moving home safely which includes advice on social distancing, letting fresh air in and wearing a face covering. 

Both employers and employees are continuing to face difficult challenges with working parents juggling home schooling and vulnerable people having to self-isolate again.

Our employment specialist, Lisa Aitken is receiving lots of questions from concerned individuals and businesses in relation to the impact of lockdown 3:

  • Do I need to attend my workplace when I can work at home?
  • I am unable to work from home, but have been told to shield by the Government, what should I do?
  • Can my employer force me to attend work?
  • What happens to my annual leave entitlement now that we are in lockdown?
  • I am currently off work sick, should I be receiving sick pay or can I be furloughed?
  • I am having to home school my children, do I still need to work?

If these questions relate to you or If you would like to talk through your situation to know what your rights are please call Lisa on 07960 469988 or email: for expert advice.

In addition to business rates relief and the extension of the furlough scheme, businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors will receive a grant worth up to £9,000 per property until Spring.  £594m will also be made available by local authorities to businesses outside of those sectors who are affected.

Moore & Tibbits are able to offer legal and HR advice to businesses on a fixed fee basis so please contact us if you need help and guidance in relation to contracts, furlough, redundancy or other employment issues.  We are here to help.

We are expecting further guidance to be published shortly, so please check our website for the latest news.

Lisa Aitken




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