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The steps for businesses to take to get back to work

As June approaches and thousands of high street shops are set to reopen, the Government has produced a number of guides that cover a range of working environments and how they can be made COVID-19 safe.

The initial guide covers all businesses and contains guidance on precautions that we have all become familiar with:

  • Carry out a COVID-19 risk assessment
  • Develop cleaning, handwashing and hygiene procedures
  • Help people to work from home
  • Maintain 2 metre social distancing, where possible
  • Where people cannot be 2 metres apart, manage transmission risk

Further guides go into detail  for a range of industries, including:

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

Businesses, retail or otherwise, should only reopen once they have completed a risk assessment, in consultation with trade union representatives or workers, and are confident they are managing the risks associated with COVID-19.

They must keep staff and customers safe, taking the necessary steps to become COVID-19 secure in line with the current Health and Safety legislation.

To find the guide the relates to your business, visit the Government website, here.


The information was correct at time of publishing but may now be out of date.

Posted by Cowgills
28th May, 2020
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