Preparing to reopen
Please take the time to review the government guidance to help employers, employees and the self-employed understand how to work safely during the coronavirus pandemic.
The government has set out five key steps to working safely:
- Carry out a COVID-19 risk assessment
- Develop cleaning, handwashing and hygiene procedures
- Help people to work from home
- Maintain two metre social distancing, where possible
- Where people cannot be two metres apart, manage transmission risk
Full guidance is available on the Government's website.
The Government recommends that businesses and employers carry out a written a risk assessment before reopening and display the ‘Staying COVID-19 Secure in 2020 notice’ in their premises.
Guidance can be found on the Health and Safety Executive's website.
Be COVID-19 secure
Every business has a legal duty to protect their staff, customers and others affected by their work activities from the risk of coronavirus infection. We encourage you to read, and action the guidance available to make your business COVID-19 secure.
Enforcement is the last resort but please note, a business or venue operating in contravention of the law (COVID-19 regulations) will be committing an offence. Businesses and venues that breach the law could be subject to prohibition notices and fixed penalty notices or closure.