Covid-19 Secure | Essential Workplace Guidance
The Government have updated their guidance about the lockdown restrictions with a phased plan to kick start the economy and get people back to work. We review the Step 1 guidance ahead of the COVID-19 Secure announcement later this week and look at what it means in simple terms for businesses.
- Where possible if employees can work from home they should continue to do so instead of returning to their normal place of work.
- If working from home isn’t possible then workers should travel to work, avoiding the use of public transport where possible.
- Businesses should ensure social distancing is in place in accordance with Government guidelines and review shifts, layouts of premises and offices to facilitate this.
- Key ‘essential’ sectors including Construction, Distribution and Logistics, Manufacturing and Laboratories engaging in scientific research should re-open.
- However sectors such as Hospitality and non-essential Retail must remain closed.
Find more information about the Government COVID-19 Secure Guidelines on our COVID-19 Resource Hub, employers should follow these guidelines as soon as reasonably practicable.
Download our practical guide below to re-opening premises including what key steps businesses need to take.
The Government’s long-term goal is to get public transport back on track as quickly as possible. They have given the following guidelines as part of a phased return to pre-COVID-19 public transport services:
- All workers should avoid using public transport where possible (including key workers) to minimise coming into contact with people outside their household.
- People should either walk, cycle or drive to work.
- There will be Government funding to improve cycle lanes and pavement access to encourage as many people as possible to travel on foot or cycle.
- Social distancing must be adhered to on public transport in accordance with Government guidelines.
- If social distancing is not possible for example in enclosed spaces, shops or public transport face coverings should be worn.
- These can be homemade fabric face coverings which can help to prevent the spread of COVID-19 asymptomatically (rather than protecting the wearer). It is essential that surgical masks and other respiratory PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) should only be worn by key workers who need it.
- Under the new guidelines people can now exercise as much as they want and spend time outside for example in parks, playing sport such as tennis with a household member but not team sports.
- Two people from different households can meet outside but social distancing of 2 metres must still be maintained.
- Hand-washing and use of hand sanitiser must also be maintained according to Government guidelines.
- Outdoor gyms, playgrounds and ticketed outdoor leisure venues are to remain closed as part of the Step 1 guidelines. This is to minimise the risk of the spread of COVID-19 through contact with others and touching shared surfaces.
- Driving to exercise and outdoor spaces is now allowed under the new guidelines, but social distancing must be maintained.
To find out more about what the new guidelines mean for your business and for support implementing workplace Safety procedures speak to our expert Health and Safety Consultants today.