4.Instrument 2020/287 deems those who are self-isolating, in line with guidance relating to coronavirus provided by Public Health England, NHS National Services Scotland and Public Health Wales, to be incapable of work and therefore entitled to Statutory Sick Pay. Statutory Sick Pay is paid by employers at a flat rate of £94.25 for up to 28 weeks (although the rate will increase to £95.85 from 6 April 2020). The Government regard this change as essential to encourage people to self-isolate when necessary so as to minimise the risk to public health.
5.These are emergency regulations which come into effect the day after being laid. They include a sunset clause and will lapse after eight months. Because these Regulations refer to Government coronavirus guidance issued on a particular date, they will need to be amended by further emergency regulations whenever the guidance changes. Instrument 2020/304 is the first of those update regulations.
6.These emergency regulations are part of the Government’s strategy to support people affected by Covid-19. These Regulations make changes to out of work benefits so that they can be claimed by those affected by the virus. They include a sunset clause and will lapse after eight months. The key changes are:
Further information from DWP on how this will operate is included in Appendix 1.
2 That guidance is published in digital form only on the following websites: Public Health England, ‘Number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases and risk in the UK’ (23 March 2020): [accessed 16 March 2020]; Health Protection Scotland, ‘Coronavirus (COVID-19)’: [accessed 16 March 2020]; and Public Health Wales, ‘Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)’: [accessed 16 March 2020].