Coronavirus: council staff who self-isolate will be paid leave

Coronavirus: council staff who self-isolate will be paid leave

Published by Local Democracy Reporter Jacob Webster at 8:18am 11th March 2020.

Harrogate Borough Council's announced self-isolation plans for staff

  • Staff at Harrogate Borough Council will be given sick pay if they need to self-isolate following coronavirus outbreak.
  • The authority made the announcement at a meeting on Monday (9 March).
  • The statement comes as the government announced it will remain in the “containment” stage of its response.

Staff at Harrogate Borough Council will be given sick pay if they need to self-isolate due to the coronavirus outbreak, the local authority has said. 

It also said there are currently no plans to cancel meetings as it continues to monitor the situation. 

The statement comes as the government announced it will remain in the “containment” stage of its response, meaning measures to delay the virus’ spread with “social distancing” will not be introduced yet. 

It is thought that up to a fifth of the UK’s workforce could be off sick during the peak of any Covid-19 coronavirus epidemic. 

NHS advice on coronavirus displayed in hospitals

A Harrogate Borough Council spokesman said:

“Local government terms and conditions state that an employee who is prevented from attending work because of contact with infectious disease shall be entitled to receive normal pay.

“There are currently no plans to cancel any council meetings but we are constantly reviewing the latest government guidance should the situation need to change.”

In the UK, five people have died from the virus – with a total of confirmed cases in the UK hitting 319 on Monday morning. 

According to NHS advice, people who self-isolate may need to do so for around two weeks.

The NHS has also advised that people wash their hands often for at least 20 seconds to protect themselves against coronavirus.

The latest information on symptoms of infection and outbreak areas can be found on the NHS website.