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Following the Government's announcement that the wearing of face masks in shops will be compulsory from Friday 24th July, we are receiving requests for letters of exemption.

The current government guidelines do not currently require an individual to provide evidence of exemption and as such, we are unable to provide letters regarding this.

If you are unable to wear a face covering, there are a number of websites from which you can print an exemption notice that politely advises others as to why you are not wearing a face covering.

 

COVID-19 Fit note information

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and requests for fit notes (Med3)

If you feel you need to stay off work due to reasons relating to COVID-19, and are unsure if you need a fit note, your request for absence from work will fall into one of five categories:

  1. Personally affected – isolating for ten days
  2. Personally affected – remaining unwell for over ten days
  3. Household member affected – isolating for fourteen days as per government advice
  4. At risk group – following government advice
  5. Those in full time education

 

1.  Personally affected – isolating for ten days

You should self-certify for the first ten days as normal if you are unfit to work.

You do not need to contact your GP.

2.  Personally affected – remaining unwell for over ten days

If you remain unwell and unfit to work after ten days, visit www.111.nhs.uk and complete the online self-assessment. You may be asked to call 111 for further advice on the next steps regarding your illness/fitness to work.

You do not need to contact your GP.

3.  Household member affected – isolating for fourteen days as per government advice

AND

4.  At risk group – following government advice

Employers are responsible for putting in place arrangements for home/remote working where this is possible. Where it is not, you may self-certify and return to work following the relevant absence which your employer may authorise as per government advice. If you become unwell during or after this time, points 1 and 2 apply.

You do not need to contact your GP.

5.  Those in full time education

There is no requirement to issue certification to schools or colleges to confirm absence. These organisations will work with parents and students to ensure that any absence is appropriately recorded.

You do not need to contact your GP.

 

 
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