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Lush to continue paying staff to isolate when Covid restrictions end in England

Cosmetics giant Lush has said it will continue to pay staff to self-isolate if they test positive for Covid even when restrictions are lifted in England.

From Thursday (February 24) people who test positive for the virus will no longer legally be required to isolate. Under the so-called ‘living with Covid’ plan announced by the Prime Minister Boris Johnson this week, free testing will also come to an end in April.

Lush, which is headquartered in Poole in Dorset, said it was encouraging all its UK and Ireland staff in customer-facing roles to continue using lateral flow tests while they were available.

It said it would also encourage retail staff who test positive to self-isolate for 10 days, unless they have negative tests for two consecutive days from days five and six of isolation.

The retailer said it would support retail employees financially to self isolate themselves for the “foreseeable future”.

“Lush will continue to maintain as safe a working environment as possible by encouraging staff to continue wearing face coverings, clean surfaces regularly, and wash their hands frequently,” the company said in a statement.

The move by Lush might not come as a surprise to many as the business prides itself on its culture and has long had a history of going against the grain. It comes just months after the retailer announced it was shutting down its Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and Snapchat accounts following concerns around the safety of the platforms for users.


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