Please note that only essential businesses are permitted to open. Information on which businesses class as essential can be found here.
Unless you are an essential worker, you should work from home wherever possible. Guidance on safe home working can be found here.
Social distancing of two metres or more and enhanced hygiene measures are required; face coverings are strongly recommended.
The routine use of gloves or FFP3 respirators is not currently recommended for workplaces, but may be appropriate in some healthcare settings.
Good hand hygiene through regular hand washing with soap and water is the most effective way to prevent contamination and is preferred to the use of alcohol hand-gel, which should only be used where running water is not available (e.g. deliveries).
Employees are at risk from COVID-19 if they are in close contact with someone who has the disease or with objects that have been contaminated by infectious material e.g. droplets from coughs and sneezes on surfaces, used tissues/clothing etc. This means that there may be other workers (e.g. cleaners; prison staff or residential care workers in direct contact with sick people) to whom Health and Safety law applies. Where such direct contact is foreseeable, employers should carry out a risk assessment and put preventative measures and/or controls in place as appropriate. General advice on assessing and controlling the risks from infection of COVID-19 at work can be found on the UK government website.
There are clear health and safety requirements to protect workers who come into contact with infectious micro-organisms such as coronavirus as a direct consequence of their work e.g. healthcare workers caring for infectious patients. This information can be found here.
Please note, COVID-19 is a reportable disease if an employee is infected as a result of their work. You must report only after the employee has received a positive test result. It is unlikely that exposure in non-healthcare settings would be reportable, as any infection would be incidental to social contact, rather than the work activity.
The following guidance relates to all non-healthcare workplaces.