This statement is based on the UK Government and Welsh Government guidelines for Coronavirus (COVID-19).

The health and safety of our staff and visitors is of paramount importance to New Directions. We continue to follow the UK Government and Welsh Government guidance for employers to ensure we keep our workplace safe during the coronavirus pandemic. In line with the latest Welsh Government and UK Government Tier restrictions and Lockdown rules, which have replaced previous local rules, internal employees who are able to work from home are doing so.

New Directions Group of Companies continue to have measures in place for those internal employees who are unable to work from home.

Infection Control

Our internal employees have been advised of the importance to:

  • temperature check on arrival at the offices
  • regularly wash their hands
  • socially distance at least 2m from each other
  • hold meetings via Teams where possible and only meet in person if 2m distance can be maintained and if absolutely essential
  • minimise contact between our hands and mouth/nose
  • cover their nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing using the inside of their elbow and then clean their hands thereafter with hand sanitizer or wipes
  • clean hard surfaces e.g. keyboards, phones, tables with sanitizer frequently
  • if an internal employee member or visitor’s child attends a nursery or primary school setting and have to self-isolate due to someone in their class having tested positive for COVID, then they are not required to return to the office for 7 days
  • if internal employees have travelled abroad or plan to, they will be asked to quarantine for 14 days on their return if the country is on the Government’s quarantine list
  • if any internal employees have been in contact with anyone who has tested positive with symptoms, they are to report to their line manager, order a test, self-isolate and wait for NHS track and trace to contact them accordingly
  • if internal employees present symptoms whilst in work they will be sent home immediately and advised to book a test, stay indoors, and avoid contact with others as much as possible over 14 days. We will also ensure the areas frequented by the individual are deep cleaned immediately and anyone who has been in contact with the employee concerned also go home and follow the same procedure

As a Company, New Directions will promote infection control through the methods above, and in addition we will:

  • promote infection control for our workers by providing information via their web portal
  • regularly disinfect all our offices with a 30-day protection fogging spray
  • display posters and information to promote infection control
  • provide masks upon entering the building
  • provide and encourage the use of hand sanitizers, masks, undertake compulsory temperature checks on entering any of our offices, socially distance at all times for all visitors to our offices

Office Closure

The offices will only close if we have an outbreak and Public Health Wales / England advise us that closing individual settings is of benefit to stopping the spread of the disease into the communities.

New Directions will continue to monitor the guidance on COVID-19 and make additional recommendations as needed.