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29 November 2021

Omicron coronavirus variant

New measures in England

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The most unwelcome news over the weekend of the newly discovered Omicron coronavirus variant has left us all with more questions than even the scientists can answer just now. But we’re told that there is a genuine fear that Omicron may be able to, at least partially, escape the vaccine. And we know that it’s already spreading rapidly around the world, with 9 cases identified in the UK so far. 

Whilst we wait for more clarification from the on-going scientific testing, some new measures in England have been announced by the PM that we must all follow:

There’s different guidance in Scotland where the First Minister has advised people to continue to work from home whenever possible.

For members in Lloyds Banking Group: We’ve asked for an urgent meeting with LBG to discuss these latest developments and how they impact you. In particular, we’re concerned about moves to return staff to offices and the withdrawal from 1st November of the emergency paid leave policy. We’ll update members as soon as we can. Any queries should be sent to: [email protected]

For members in TSB: We'll be meeting with TSB to discuss these latest developments and how they impact you. The bank has updated its intranet page with latest guidance, and we'll continue to update you when more information emerges. Any queries should be sent to: [email protected]

In the meantime, it’s incumbent on us all to do everything we can personally to slow the spread:

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