UK retailer Wilko pulls guidance telling staff in England to work with Covid

Yesterday UK media reported that retailer Wilko expected staff with Covid to work

The Manchester Evening News reporting

Wilko has enforced new rules for more than 20,000 of its employees that states they should come into work even if they test positive for coronavirus.

A memo has been issued to shop and warehouse employees at the home retailer informing them that they should be present in stores if they contract the virus but present no symptoms.

The new policy means employees will miss out on pay if they don’t come into work for fear of spreading the virus to other staff and customers.

The memo reads: “If you test positive for Covid-19 and feel well you can continue to come to work. If you feel too unwell to work, you should follow the absence policy.”

Employees have had to follow the rules since February 24 in England and February 28 in Wales while the policy will come into force in Scotland from Monday, March 21. It comes as hospital admissions with Covid have been on the rise – on March 9, 1,521 were admitted in England, the highest number since the end of January.

Today the Financial Times report (paywall) that this advice has now been recinded