13 March 2020 | Herpreet Kaur Grewal
The government has published guidelines for employers and businesses on how to cope with the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.
The guidelines explain what businesses can do if someone suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19 has been in the workplace.
There is also advice for the certification of absence from work resulting from COVID-19.
If there is a suspected case in the workplace, employers are advised that there "is no need to close the workplace or send other staff home at this point".
It adds that "most possible cases turn out to be negative. Therefore, until the outcome of test results is known there is no action that the workplace needs to take".
For more information, visit the government's website.
The Scottish government has also published guidance on how staff can prevent spread of infection. For more information, see here.