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Working safely during COVID-19

The UK government, in consultation with industry, has produced ‘COVID-19 secure’ guidance to help ensure workplaces are as safe as possible.

This guidance covers 14 workplace (available in full below) settings which are allowed to be open, from outdoor environments and construction sites to factories and takeaways.

There is different guidance for:

  • educational and childcare settings
  • wedding and civil partnership receptions and celebrations
  • public transport operators

You must not reopen if your business is closed under current government rules. Check if your business or venue can open.

Government guidance on staying at home

If you have symptoms of COVID-19 however mild, you must self-isolate for at least 10 days from when your symptoms started. You should arrange to have a test to see if you have COVID-19 – go to testing to arrange. Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

If you are not experiencing symptoms but have tested positive for COVID-19 you also must self-isolate for at least 10 days, starting from the day the test was taken. If you develop symptoms during this isolation period, you must restart your 10-day isolation from the day you develop symptoms.

For full details please click here.

Track and Trace App

You can now create a unique QR code and download assets for your business ahead of the launch of the
NHS Covid-19 app on 24 September. Find out more here.

Many businesses operate more than one type of workplace, such as an office, factory and fleet of vehicles. You may need to use more than one of these guides as you think through what you need to do to keep employees safe.

Close contact services

Guidance for people who provide close contact services, including hairdressers, barbers, beauticians, tattooists, sports and massage therapists, dress fitters, tailors and fashion designers here.

Construction and other outdoor work

Guidance for people who work in or run outdoor working environments here.

Factories, plants and warehouses

Guidance for people who work in or run factories, plants and warehouses here.

Heritage locations

Guidance for people who work or volunteer in heritage locations here.


Guidance for people working in, visiting or delivering to home environments as well as their employers here.

Hotels and other guest accommodation

Guidance for people who work in or run hotels and other guest accommodation here.

Labs and research facilities

Guidance for people who work in or run indoor labs and research facilities and similar environments here.

Offices and contact centres

Guidance for people who work in or run offices, contact centres and similar indoor environments here.

Performing arts

Guidance for people who work in performing arts, including arts organisations, venue operators and participants here.

Providers of grassroots sport and gym/leisure facilities

Guidance for people who work in grassroots sport and gym/leisure facilities here.

Restaurants, pubs, bars and takeaway services

Guidance for people who work in or run restaurants, pubs, bars, cafes or takeaways here.

Shops and branches

Guidance for people who work in or run shops, branches, stores or similar environments here.


Guidance for people who work in or from vehicles, including couriers, mobile workers, lorry drivers, on-site transit and work vehicles, field forces and similar here.

Visitor economy

Guidance for people who work in hotels and guest accommodation, indoor and outdoor attractions, and business events and consumer shows here.

Promote good workplace hygiene

Public Health England have produced a selection of posters and materials to help you encourage good workplace hygiene.

Download information and posters

Guidance for Safer Travel and Safer Transport Operations

Safer transport guidance for operators available here.

Guidance for passengers on how to travel safely:

  • Keeping 2 metres apart wherever possible;
  • Using contactless payment where possible;
  • Avoiding rush hour travel where feasible;
  • Washing or sanitising your hands as soon as possible before and after travel;
  • Following advice from staff and being considerate to others.

From 15 June, face coverings will be required while using public transport in England.

All the latest guidance for people using transport or working in the transport sector during the coronavirus outbreak can be found here.