Following the recent Government announcement that the UK could be set for an increase in cases of the coronavirus this winter, the GGF has urged all companies in the industry to be vigilant and to continue to take the necessary precautions.
The top line GGF advice is:
- Follow the GGF guidance if you are working in people’s homes.
- Adhere to social distancing and use face coverings in confined spaces
- Work remotely (from home) if you can
- Follow the site safety procedures if you are working on construction sites or in manufacturing plants
- Use track and trace where possible
John Agnew, GGF Group Managing Director commented, “In 2020 and at the start of 2021, our industry was badly affected by lockdowns and restrictions due to the pandemic. In that time, the GGF has continuously advised and updated companies on the guidance and developments. In anticipation of the virus spreading and cases increasing this winter, I urge all companies to remain cautious and follow the guidance.”
The government has recently launched a media campaign encouraging people to get a booster jab, amid criticism over the speed of the vaccination rollout as hospitalisations rise.
With NHS England claiming over 5 million have had the booster jab with another 7 million scheduled to receive it and an average of 200k per day actually receiving the booster jab, the rollout is gathering pace in time for the winter months.
The NHS has advised that boosters should be delivered at least six months after the second dose as evidence suggests this is the best time to increase immunity to the coronavirus.
About 10 million people in England are now eligible for a booster, including health and care workers, those with underlying health conditions, and people aged 50 and over.
James MacPherson, GGF Health, Safety and Environment Manager commented, “With infection rates rising and the winter arriving, it’s crucial that those eligible for a booster vaccine, get it to increase additional protection.”
You can freely view/download the GGF Safe Guides on COVID via the GGF Health, Safety and Environment publications section on the GGF website.