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.
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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.
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.
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.
Guidance for people who work in hotels and guest accommodation, indoor and outdoor attractions, and business events and consumer shows here.
Office Businesses Consultancy
Other Useful Sources
- British Retail Consortium
- Confederation of British Industry
- Health & Safety Executive
- Make UK
- Professional Liverpool
- UK Hospitality
- Liverpool BID Company – checklist for external queues and business access
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.