An update for those in Spain:
Statement from Coronavirus RM team we have just received on anyone caught up with the Spain holiday issue.
A group comms update comes out tomorrow but we have just received confirmation that employees affected by the new isolation rules the absence should be taken as either annual leave or unpaid leave in cases that they cannot work from home.
The Government now advises “against all but essential travel to mainland Spain” (excluding the Canary and Balearic Islands) and has announced they will not hesitate to do this again for any country. Therefore, all future announcements for Spain or other countries will be treated in line with the current policy noted above. If colleagues choose to travel, they should do so knowing that quarantine when they return is a possibility and they will need to work from home where possible, take annual leave or unpaid leave remains. Our current approach to annual leave continues to apply – all pre-booked leave must be taken.
If they do not have any coronavirus symptoms after the 14 days, they can stop self-isolating and return to work.
If you or any member of your team is concerned about the financial impact of their absence, the Rowland Hill Fund may be able to help. The Fund can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please be aware of the risks associated with travel for the foreseeable future. Travel and quarantine advice can change quickly. This could mean:
Travel to your planned holiday destination is prevented before you travel.
You need to quarantine/self-isolate on return at short notice.
Hotels or towns are put into lockdown, impacting your ability to return to the UK on your scheduled date.
We will continue to monitor the Government and public health advice and communicate where required.
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