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Emergency information for DWP staff.

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This webpage provides emergency information for all Department for Work and Pensions staff.

In the event of an emergency or disruption affecting our staff or business, further information may be placed on this page.

Staff should also check the Staff Emergency Information Line for up to date information.

Telephone: 0800 783 6617

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Updated 23 June 2020

You should continue to come into work if you’re currently working in an office and you should continue to work from home if that’s what you’ve been doing.

You should stay at home if you are:

If you are contacted by NHS Test and Trace in England, or Test and Protect in Scotland, because someone you have been in close contact with has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), you should follow their instructions to stay at home for 14 days.

If you have symptoms, you should apply for a coronavirus test as soon as possible.

The government has announced plans to change the guidance for people in England who are in the extremely vulnerable group and have been ‘shielding’ from coronavirus. This will significantly ease their isolation and enable them to leave home under certain circumstances, including to attend work if necessary. If you are part of this group you will receive a letter from the NHS explaining how this affects you.

Guidance will be shared with line managers of colleagues currently ‘shielding’ and on special leave as soon as possible.

Read the latest guidance on coronavirus (COVID-19).

Speak to your line manager if you have any questions.

The short address for this page is www.gov.uk/dwp/emergency