23 Jun 2024
The voice of the independent garage sector

Garages to lose staff to self-isolation now

Garages could lose some members of staff for at least three months from now, due to government advising those with serious health conditions to self-isolate as soon as possible.

Due to the risk posed to them by Covid-19, thousands of people with serious and underlying health conditions have received letters from government, advising them to “take themselves out of society” for at least 12 weeks. 

While 40% of letters were sent to those over 75, many who received it would have been in the working population. Those identified as “extremely vulnerable” include: • Solid organ transplant recipients

• People with cancer who are undergoing active chemotherapy or radical radiotherapy for lung cancer

• People with cancers of the blood or bone marrow such as leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma who are at any stage of treatment

• People having immunotherapy or other continuing antibody treatments for cancer

• People having other targeted cancer treatments which can affect the immune system, such as protein kinase inhibitors or PARP inhibitors

• People who have had bone marrow or stem cell transplants in the last 6 months, or who are still taking immunosuppression drugs

• People with severe respiratory conditions including all cystic fibrosis, severe asthma and severe COPD.

• People with rare diseases and inborn errors of metabolism that significantly increase the risk of infections (such as SCID, homozygous sickle cell).

• People on immunosuppression therapies sufficient to significantly increase risk of infection • Women who are pregnant with significant heart disease, congenital or acquired

If any of a garage’s staff have any of these conditions, they will need to stay at home for at least 12 weeks.

For more information, visit www.gov.uk/coronavirus