Harrogate District Chamber of Commerce News

Test & Trace announcement

28 May 2020 by Helen Clarke Cabinet Office

As per the Health and Social Care Secretary's statement this afternoon, the government has announced that the new NHS Test and Trace service will be launched from tomorrow (Thursday 28th May) across England. 

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From tomorrow, anyone who tests positive for coronavirus will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace and will need to share information about their recent interactions. This could include household members, people with whom they have been in direct contact, or within 2 metres for more than 15 minutes.

People identified as having been in close contact with someone who has a positive test must stay at home for 14 days, even if they do not have symptoms, to stop unknowingly spreading the virus. 


To support this announcement the Department for Health & Social Care has developed the following package of materials, which are attached to this email - gov.uk links will be shared later this week:

  • Press notice with full details of the announcement 
  • Infographic outlining the NHS Test & Trace process
  • Guidance for employers and employees; and 
  • Q&A (see page 15 for employer specific questions)

Finally, I'd like to draw your attention to the fact that the government’s Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme is now live. If you’re an employer with fewer than 250 employees, you can now claim for Coronavirus-related Statutory Sick Pay (SSP). You can also speak to your tax agent about making claims on your behalf. The repayment will cover up to two weeks of the applicable rate of SSP. For more information on eligibility and how to make a claim please visit: https://bit.ly/SSPRebateScheme


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