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In an attempt to restart the economy, the Government have issued new ‘Covid-19 secure’ guidelines to UK employers to help them get their businesses back up and running and workplaces operating as safely as possible. 

Whilst the overall guidance is for all workers to continue to work from home rather than their normal physical workplace, wherever possible, there is acknowledgement that many businesses cannot do this and therefore the Government have issued detailed guidance, linked to their overall phased recovery strategy, covering the following 8 workplace settings which are allowed to be open:

  • Construction and other outdoor work
  • Factories, plants and warehouses
  • Labs and research facilities
  • Offices and contact centres
  • Other people’s homes
  • Restaurants offering takeaway and delivery services
  • Shops & branches 
  • Vehicles

The full guidance for each workplace setting can be found HERE

This guidance goes into a lot of detail for each sector and covers: risk, who should go to work, social distancing, managing customers, visitors and contractors, cleaning in the workplace, personal protective equipment, workforce management, and inbound and outbound goods. Workplaces should follow these guidelines as soon as practicable to help ensure the risk of any infection in the workplace is kept as low as possible. The guidelines also aim to help employers demonstrate to staff, by complying with the guidelines, that they can return to work safely during this coronavirus pandemic. 

It should be highlighted that these guidelines are for sectors of the economy that are allowed to open and not for those that the Government have specifically confirmed should remain closed.  

It remains the case that anyone who has symptoms, however mild, or is in a household where someone has symptoms, should not leave their house to go to work. Those people should self-isolate, as should those in their household.

We are here to support you during these unprecedented times. If you have any queries or need any advice, please do not hesitate to contact me or your local Thomas Westcott representative.