12.05.2020- Employee Update

Please find below our latest employee update. This update is correct as of 12 May 2020. Please continue to view the company website to obtain the most recent employee updates.  

We hope you had a great weekend and despite the current distancing challenges were able to spend some time celebrating VE day. Many localities were certainly decked out in red, white, and blue and everyone, quietly and perhaps more tempered than planned, celebrated.  

We also received an update from the Prime Minister on Sunday night and, as expected only a slight change occurred.  Further to this update, for all staff that are currently homeworkers, please continue to work from home as you have been doing so until you hear further from your line manager. 

Furloughed employees

If you are currently furloughed, and wish to take up additional employment, permission must be sought before commencement of alternative work. Please email HR@malhotragroup.co.uk for further information. 

New Guidance

The government has published OUR PLAN TO REBUILD: The UK Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy, setting out its roadmap to bring the UK out of Covid-19 lockdown https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/884171/FINAL_6.6637_CO_HMG_C19_Recovery_FINAL_110520_v2_WEB__1_.pdf?mc_cid=8906abd006&mc_eid=2410606497 so please read page 29 in respect of their guidance in respect of homeworking. 

Give Way to your Colleagues

If you are currently working from home but have to attend any of our sites or Head Office please respect social distancing guidance and be mindful when using stairs, door and corridors. Where it is not possible to maintain the 2-metre rule, please stop and give way. Please see https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid- for further information   and 19https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do. 

Current Guidance 

The current guidance may seem confusing. The simplest way we have seen it explained is in the following 3 step format:

🔴 STEP 1 (not before Wednesday 13th May) 

🔴 Outdoor exercise is now unlimited as long as you socially distance. 

🔴 You are now allowed to visit parks, walk, sunbathe and even BBQ as long as you socially distance. 

🔴 You can meet one other person from a different household outdoors – following social distancing guidelines. Public gatherings of more than 2 people from different households are prohibited in law. There are no limits on gatherings in the park with members of your household.

🔴You can now drive to other destinations in England – no distance stated – (not Scotland or Wales) to exercise as long as you socially distance.

🔴You can now play sports, but only with people from your own household to reduce the chance of infection from others.

🔴Fines to be increased for people who ignore social distancing rules and take part in social gatherings.

🔴You can now start going back to work, only if you can’t work from home and social distancing can still be met – manufacturing and construction work were included in those industries encouraged to return to work. 

🔴You should try to avoid public transportation where possible, ideally walking or cycling to work if practical, if not then you should drive.

The above new measures will be monitored BEFORE moving to step 2 if there is no major increase in infections. Such an increase will result in the reinstatement of lockdown conditions. 

Orange Circle on Apple iOS 13.3 STEP 2 (June at the earliest) 

Orange Circle on Apple iOS 13.3 The phased reopening of retail and some shops.

Orange Circle on Apple iOS 13.3 Look at getting primary schools back. Reception, year 1 and year 6.

Orange Circle on Apple iOS 13.3 Secondary school pupils will get some time with teachers before the holiday regarding exams.

Steps 1 & 2 will be closely monitored before moving to Step 3 which will only happen if there is no major increase in infections. A major increase will result in a return to lockdown status. 

Green Circle on Apple iOS 13.3 STEP 3 (no earlier than July 2020)

Green Circle on Apple iOS 13.3 Start to look at reopening hospitality and other public places that attract larger gatherings such as restaurants, cinemas and leisure etc. 

The above is to be staged over the next two months. 

⛔Social distancing rules stay in place and must still be followed.

⛔Visiting other households is still not permitted.

⛔Social gatherings are still not allowed.

⛔You do not have to return to work if your place of work is not yet allowed to open or your employer chooses to remain closed.

⛔Restricted movement is NOT over, it has just been slightly relaxed to see if doing so influences the reinfection rate (R value)

⚠️The PM made it clear if the steps are not met then social distancing and restricted movement will carry on until the steps are met.


Remain aware and diligent that the virus is still a threat to your health and the health of others.


Continue to control the spread of the virus by adhering to social distancing guidelines, avoid or restrict contact with outside of your household.


Do your part to help stop the spread of the virus to yourself and others.

Your welfare and safety are paramount at this time so please follow all government guidance in relation to Covid-19/Coronavirus. 

If you have any queries about this notice, please contact HR@malhotragroup.co.uk. 


This update is correct as of 12 May 2020. Please keep in touch with your line manager in relation to further updates.