Navigating Covid in Summer 2021 – Guidance to help in your role as an employer

The latest newsletter from Stephens Scown, who provide the Age UK HR Express service, offers guidance on how to handle employment-related issues in this latest phase of the pandemic.

We’ve had a number of enquiries about how to handle employment-related issues in this latest phase of the pandemic, with restrictions eased but the infection rate going up. This is a quick reminder that guidance is available below from Stephens Scown who provide the Age UK HR Express service.

Their July newsletter covers the issues of:

  • The new government return to work guidance;
  • Face masks;
  • Vulnerable and pregnant staff;
  • Hybrid working;
  • Self-isolation from 16 August;
  • NHS Covid Pass;
  • and the end of furlough

To read the article, please click here.

You can also find information on:

• Foreign Holidays & Quarantine Rules here.
• And Managing Employees During Covid Closures here.

If you have any specific questions or scenarios that you would like to discuss with them for specialist HR support and advice, please contact HR Express on tel: 03300 945314 or email:

“Quick Quarantine Games” Website

Find out about Quick Quarantine Games, a website that allows users to play free board games together from a distance.

We were recently contacted by Alisha, a university student who has created a website that allows users to play free board games together from a distance. Alisha created the site after adapting several popular board games so that she could play them with her grandma while they were separated during lockdown. Alisha asked us to pass this website on to you in case you wished to share it with your networks. This isn’t a resource that we are endorsing or were involved in creating but we wanted to draw your attention to it in case it proves useful. Find out all the details below.

Back during the first wave of Covid-19, Alisha adapted some traditional board games (such as Snakes & Ladders, Connect Four, Battleships, etc.) to play with her grandma, who lives alone and was struggling with the isolation during lockdown. Alisha’s grandma doesn’t have internet, so she adapted the boards to enable them to play with each other from afar. She really enjoyed playing them and said they gave her something to look forward to in her week. 

This inspired Alisha to find a way to make these board games accessible to other people in a similar situation, by designing a website called Quick Quarantine Games ( All the board games are completely free to download and print out, can be played over the phone (with or without a video camera), and come with instructions on how to play without being able to see each other. The Boards have been adapted so that each player can use their own board, but can easily describe to the other players (on the other end of the phone or video call) where they have landed on the board etc. The games only require a few extra items, such as dice and playing counters, but many can be played with just a pen or pencil.