Working safely during Coronavirus
Working from home and working safely guidance
To help contain the virus, office workers who can work effectively from home should do so over the winter. Where an employer, in consultation with their employee, judges an employee can carry out their normal duties from home they should do so. Public sector employees working in essential services, including education settings, should continue to go into work where necessary. Anyone else who cannot work from home should go to their place of work. Read more here
How to work safely during Coronavirus
The UK government, in consultation with industry, has produced ‘COVID-19 secure’ guidance to help ensure workplaces are as safe as possible. The new guidance covers 11 workplace settings which are allowed to be open.
The 11 guides cover a range of different types of work. Many businesses operate more than one type of workplace, such as an office, factory and fleet of vehicles. You may need to use more than one of these guides as you think through what you need to do to keep employees safe.
- Aviation - Guidance on General Aviation (GA) flying during the coronavirus outbreak.
- Close contact services - Guidance for people who provide close contact services, including hairdressers, barbers, beauticians, tattooists, sports and massage therapists, dress fitters, tailors and fashion designers.
- Construction and other outdoor work – Guidance for people who work in or run outdoor working environments.
- Factories, plants and warehouses - Guidance for people who work in or run factories, plants and warehouses
- Higher Education - Guidance for higher education providers in England on when and how to reopen their campuses and buildings.
- Hotels and other guest accommodation - Guidance for people who work in or run hotels and other guest accommodation
- Labs and research facilities – Guidance for people who work in or run indoor labs and research facilities and similar environments
- Offices and contact centres – Guidance for people who work in or run offices, contact centres and similar indoor environments
- Other People's Homes – Guidance for people working in, visiting or delivering to home environments as well as their employers
- Restaurants, pubs, bars and takeaway services – Guidance for people who work in or run restaurants, pubs, bars, cafes or takeaways.
- Sport and Recreation - Guidance for the public, providers of outdoor sport facilities, elite athletes, personal trainers and coaches on the phased return of sport and recreation.
- Shops and branches – Guidance for people who work in or run shops, branches, stores or similar environments.
- Vehicles – Guidance for people who work in or from vehicles, including couriers, mobile workers, lorry drivers, on-site transit and work vehicles, field forces and similar
- Visitor Economy - Guidance for people who work in hotels and guest accommodation, indoor and outdoor attractions, and business events and consumer shows.
You can also find support information and the actions to take for the following sectors by clicking the links below:
- Food Businesses
- Freight transport industry
- Early years and childcare providers - guidance updated
- Recreational general aviation
From 28 September, businesses and organisations will face stricter rules to make premises COVID-19 secure
- A wider range of leisure and entertainment venues, services provided in community centres, and close contact services will be subject to COVID-19 Secure requirements in law and fines of £1000, and rising up to £10,000 for repeated breaches.
- Employers must not knowingly require or encourage someone who is being required to self-isolate to come to work.
- Businesses must remind people to wear face coverings where mandated
Collecting customer and visitor details for contact tracing
This information provides advice for organisations and small businesses that are asked by government to collect and retain customer and visitor information, for a limited time period, for the purposes of a COVID-19 contact tracing scheme.
The guidance is designed for those who have limited experience of collecting and retaining personal data for business purposes.
Find out more here.
Businesses urged to use the NHS COVID-19 app
Businesses across England such as pubs, restaurants, hairdressers and cinemas are being urged to ensure they have NHS QR code posters visible on entry so customers who have downloaded the new NHS COVID-19 app can use smartphones to easily check-in.
QR codes provide an easy and simple way to collect contact details to support the NHS Test and Trace system.
The government will be supporting businesses and venues to display the QR codes, which can be downloaded here
Businesses who are already using their own QR system are being encouraged to switch to the NHS Test and Trace QR code.
Staying alert and safe (social distancing) guidance
New guidance on social distancing has been published. The guidance includes information on businesses and venues and going to work. This guidance applies in England – people in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland should follow the specific rules in those parts of the UK.
Staying safe outside your home guidance
New guidance has been published on the principles that should be followed to ensure that time spent outside the home is as safe as possible.
Support for care homes
New guidance sets out the support package to keep care homes safe during the coronavirus pandemic. Care providers can find the details of the support package and additional advice and resources to help stop the spread of infection here.
A new online portal that makes it easy for care homes in England to arrange deliveries of coronavirus test kits has been launched.
Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) guidance on coronavirus
Guidance and information for industry, healthcare professionals and patients covering the coronavirus outbreak has been updated to include warnings against purchasing fake or unlicensed coronavirus medicines.