Good afternoon folks,
With the government’s decision to relax all Covid restrictions coming into force today, despite the number of positive tests currently sitting at around 50,000 new cases per day, we wanted to update you on our Covid protocols and reassure you as to the steps we will continue to take.
We do not feel that it is prudent for Taylor Tuxford to completely lift all of our Covid precautions at this time, especially when it is clear that even individuals who have had both vaccination doses can still catch Covid 19. Although the vaccination seems at present to reduce the severity of the illness, that person is still contagious and capable of passing Covid on to other people.
With the majority of young adults not yet eligible for their second dose, many people unable to have the vaccine at all due to other health conditions, and vulnerable individuals still at high risk despite being vaccinated, we feel that, at this time, it is irresponsible to entirely do away with both masks and test and trace methods.
To that end, we will continue, where possible and in cooperation with our Clients, to use the below protocols to protect everyone as best we can.
Vaccinations and Test & Trace:
All of our staff are now fully vaccinated.
We will continue to carry out lateral flow tests at least once per week when we have been entirely office based, and twice per week when we have been out on site. Should any of these tests come back positive, all clients that we have been in contact with will be notified personally, and we shall notify national test and trace via the NHS Covid app.
We are still asking clients to notify us if anyone within their household has either tested positive for Covid, or has been asked to isolate due to direct contact with a confirmed Covid case within 10 days of one of our members of staff visiting their property. This allows us to ensure our staff isolate as necessary and allows us to notify other clients in the rare event that they may also be affected.
Despite the possibility that the government will reduce or remove the requirements for self-isolating after a close Covid contact in August, we do not feel that it is responsible for us to do so at this time. We will, however, continue to be guided in this matter by the science provided by Public Health England, Sage and the World Health Organisation, and will continue to update this protocol going forward.
The limited personal data obtained by us in this matter will be handled in line with GDPR regulations, and no personal information will be shared outside of Taylor Tuxford Associates.
Similarly, should any member of our staff or a member of their household receive a positive Covid test or be asked to self-isolate, we will notify any affected clients as soon as possible.
Site Visits and Other Works:
Our office-based work will continue to go ahead as before, and we are currently back to a full diary of site-based work and appointments.
For the reasons stated above, we will continue to wear masks and maintain hand washing and social distancing wherever possible.
To that end, all site visits will be conducted with the following amended protocol:
- Masks will be worn by all Taylor Tuxford Associates staff whilst indoors, and outdoors where social distancing cannot be maintained.
- We may ask that clients wear a mask where social distancing is not possible, though we understand that not everyone is able to wear a mask for the length of time that may be required of a site visit.
- Where necessary, and if possible, we may ask that clients open windows when we are carrying out indoor works.
- The 2-metre social distancing rule will be adhered to whenever possible. In situations where this is not possible, the time spent in that location will be minimised.
- Our staff will endeavour to wipe down surfaces that they have come into contact with inside a client’s property, and will be sanitising their hands regularly with an alcohol-based gel.
If you have any questions about the above policy, or would like to discuss alternative arrangements for our site visits, we are more than happy to discuss this with you over the phone and will do our best to accommodate your requests where possible.