RockReef’s “mistake” in telling isolating staff that they could come to work

A TOP tourist attraction admitted a “mistake” after telling staff they could come to work even if the NHS Test and Trace service told them to self-isolate.

RockReef Activity Center, the climbing attraction on Bournemouth Pier, also told staff they would not be paid if they stayed at home as required by Covid rules.

RockReef has since said it corrected its mistake and that “substantial sections” of its business are closed due to staff isolation.

Staff initially received a message warning most of them would soon learn from the NHS that they would have to self-isolate due to a colleague who tested positive for Covid.

However, they were told they could return to work if they took a Covid test that turned out negative – and were told they would not be paid if they stayed on leave.

A post from an official, seen by the Daily Echo, said: ‘Most of you will be getting messages from the NHS today saying you should self-isolate because of a staff member who tested positive. Obviously, if you all isolate yourself, we will close.

“As a company, we are happy if you feel well and you test negative in the morning to come to work. If you don’t feel comfortable with this and want to stay out (unpaid), please let me know.

A statement from RockReef said: “It has always been company policy to follow government guidelines strictly and as soon as this error has been brought to our attention by team members, before being contacted. by the media, it was corrected immediately.

“All staff who have been contacted by NHS Test and Trace are isolating themselves at home and important sections of the business are now closed as a result. ”

The website states that it is an offense for an employer to allow someone to be in the workplace if they have “been in close contact with someone who has tested positive and received a notification to self-isolate from NHS Test and Trace. ”.

He adds: “If you know that a worker has been asked to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace, it is your legal duty not to allow them to enter work or work anywhere other than where they are. self-isolate (usually their home) throughout their period of self-isolation. If you don’t, your business faces a fine of up to £ 1,000.

“If a worker has received a notification to self-isolate via the NHS Covid-19 app, they should not go to the workplace because the individual can be infectious and spread the virus. ”

If someone cannot work from home, the government says an employer can give them the option of using paid time off or using contractual sick pay. Employers “must ensure that they receive at least statutory sickness benefit, provided they meet the eligibility criteria.”

Companies with fewer than 250 employees may be able to recoup their costs for statutory sickness benefits.

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