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Last updated 18 August 2020

Face coverings in the therapeutic space

The Department for Health and Social Care have advised UKCP that, for their own protection and the protection of therapists, clients/service users should wear face coverings during in-person therapy in non COVID-secure settings, unless they are exempt. This is in keeping with the government’s latest advice on face coverings. More information is available on our ‘Considering returning to in-person work?’ page.

Latest social distancing guidelines

The Government has revised its guidelines for social distancing from two metres to one metre plus in England and Northern Ireland from 4 July 2020 and 29 June 2020 respectively where measures are in place to limit transmission. There has been no easing of social distancing guidelines in Scotland or Wales at the time of writing.

Our position, developed in close working alliance with our sister organisations BACP and BPC, is to make you aware of the UK Government guidelines which insist on avoiding close contact with other people wherever possible, but that you should use your professional judgement and refer to your insurers and, where applicable, your employers.

The easing of lockdown is a positive indication that the initial COVID-19 spike has passed, however the virus is still just as contagious and potentially fatal. This means continuing to work remotely wherever possible with your clients as most of you have managed to do.

Nevertheless, this easing may offer some members and clients in England the opportunity to consider resuming in-person working if they have been working exclusively remotely during lockdown. We have, therefore, developed a new page to help you think about this possibility.

Changing advice to employers

On 16 July 2020, the Prime Minister announced that on 1 August 2020 the government will update its advice on going to work, asking employers to make decisions about how and where their staff can work safely.

If you are an employer or you are currently in employment and you are concerned about working safely during the pandemic, the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) has produced a resource for employers and employees outlining your rights and responsibilities.

If believe that you are under pressure to return to in-person work unsafely, please contact our Policy and Advocacy Team via policyukcp@ukcp.org.uk.

Other sources of information

We are advising people who are looking for information about the virus to visit the NHS website, where you will find the most up-to-date information, including what to do if you are worried you might have symptoms, advice for travellers and common questions.

The GOV.UK website also has up-to-date information about the situation in the UK, and you may find further relevant information at GOV.Wales, GOV.Scot, and NorthernIreland.gov.uk.

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