Anyone ordered to self-isolate due to the coronavirus is entitled to sick leave
The Health Secretary has said those who need to self-isolate due to the coronavirus are entitled to sick leave. Even those who are not displaying symptoms should be treated as if they are unwell if they are advised to stay away from work and self-isolate.
If you are an employer you should pay your employee’s sick leave in accordance with your policies and procedures. If an employee feels well they can work from home if your business can accommodate this.
It is advised that people should not go to work, school or public areas, avoid using public transport and ask friends, relatives or delivery services to get things like shopping or medication for them.
Who needs to self-isolate?
The government says that if you have recently (since February 19) returned from Iran, lock down areas in Northern Italy, Special care zones in South Korea or in the last two weeks from Hubei province in China, you should self-isolate and call NHS 111 – even if you have no symptoms.
For the latest coronavirus guidance please visit the government website