The Coronavirus pandemic has led to many sudden changes in the way we lead our day to day lives. There is a great deal of information – and indeed mis-information – circulating and we recognise this is a difficult time for all.
The purpose of this guidance is to clarify how Orkney Islands Council staff should act during this outbreak. This guidance is designed to inform and work alongside the Council’s local business continuity plans and resilience arrangements. The FAQ’s are being reviewed and updated on a frequent basis.
Current HR policies and terms and conditions of employment remain in place, but may be amended in future if necessary.
If you can't find what you need here, advice can also be found on the NHS Inform website.
People in the extremely high risk (Shielding) group are required to remain at home following the guidance issued in their letter from the Scottish Government. Household members of shielding individuals should strictly follow physical distancing measures, although this does not mean that they could not be at work following appropriate risk assessment discussions and where physical distancing measures can be in place, failing this where they can work form home they should.
If you are a key worker and have an underlying health condition or take medicines regularly but you're not sure whether or not you fall into one of the more vulnerable groups, you should call your GP practice and say you want advice about your underlying condition or your medicines.
People who are considered to be extremely vulnerable (shielding) to severe illness will receive a letter giving them further advice, but if you remain unsure, contact your GP. Please ensure that your manager is provided with a copy of your shielding letter and any updates to this.