Managing Covid this Winter
We have seen in the news that Covid cases are rising and have heard of people we know testing positive. As such, we are taking this opportunity to remind you of the corporate NALC guidance issued in July further to Covid restrictions being lifted.
At this stage there is no indication that the government plans to introduce or reintroduce any preventative measures. Bearing in mind remote meetings are not permitted in England unlike last winter, councils looking to take practical steps to respond to rising cases might wish to approve reasons for absence (within the relevant six month period) for councillors who do not wish to attend meetings because of their Covid concerns. Councils can ask meeting attendees to wear masks but cannot compel mask wearing. They could implement social distancing measures in offices and for meetings if they have not already done so. Councils can enable staff, including the clerk, to attend meetings remotely.
NALC Legal Update November 2021
Posted: Mon, 22 Nov 2021 14:30 by Kevin Bacon