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COVID-19 Outbreaks and Case Rates at DWP, Job Centres

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Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

I have recently attended a job centre in Cwmbran, (42 Gwent Square, Cwmbran, NP44 1PL) and was astounded by the unsafe atmosphere in the centre.
Windows were not open, and cleaning procedures seemed minimal while they were not enforcing face covering requirements. I was recently tested positive and told the job centre this after I visited the office and was told that the job centre will remain open. As a result I am concerned with the safety of your environments across the board.

1. Please can you clarify whether ventilation (windows open) is utilised as a mitigation method in job centres and if not why not.

2. Please can you explain why in person appointments are back when we are in a high prevalence situation with the Delta variant taking hold across the UK, especially as online and phone appointments work so well.

3. Please also let me know what is the level of contact tracing in use at Job Centres.

4. a. Finally please list how many contacts at DWP job centres have been asked to self isolate whether asymptomatic or not, and as a result how many job centres have had to close due to outbreaks.
4. b. Please explain the number of outbreaks in job centres and durations of closures.

Yours faithfully,

Ronnie Scot

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