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

Working safely during coronavirus guidance has been updated:

Close contact services - guidance has been updated with information on saunas and steam rooms and reminding clients to wear face coverings.

Gym and leisure facilities - guidance has been updated with information on social distancing and face coverings 

Heritage locationsguidance  has been updated with information on thinking about risk, keeping customers, visitors and contractors safe, who should go to work and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and face coverings.

Hotels and other guest accommodationguidance has been updated on managing risk, keeping customers, visitors and contractors safe, who should go to work, and Personal Protective Equipment and face coverings.

Performing Artsguidance has been updated on thinking about risk, who should return to training, rehearsal and performance, managing performances, hair and makeup and face coverings.

Shops and branches - by law, staff and customers of retail settings are now required to wear a face covering, unless they have an exemption read more here 

Visitor economyguidance has been updated with information on managing risk, managing customers, visitors and contractors, who should go to work, and face coverings.

Face coverings at work: guidance had been updated to provide further clarity for staff in indoor settings. Face coverings must be worn by retail, leisure and hospitality staff working in areas that are open to the public and where they’re likely to come into contact with a member of the public read more here 

You can also find support and information and actions to take for the following sectors by clicking the links below:

  • 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

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 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. 

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 ScotlandWales and Northern Ireland should follow the specific rules in those parts of the UK.

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.

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.

new online portal that makes it easy for care homes in England to arrange deliveries of coronavirus test kits has been launched. 

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.

Last updated: 12 March 2021, 10:12