We are now in a period of national lockdown. To reduce social contact, the regulations require some businesses to close and impose restrictions on how some businesses provide goods and services.
The government has published the 'COVID-19 Response - Spring 2021' setting out the roadmap out of the current lockdown for England. This explains how the restrictions will be lifted over time.
If your business is permitted to open you must follow the Government Working Safely Guidance for your sector (click on the drop-down menu below) and complete a Covid-19 Risk Assessment just as you would for other health and safety hazards. You may need to use more than one of these guides as you think through what you need to do to keep people safe.
Workplace testing for businesses who employ 50 people or more
Businesses in both the public and private sector with more than 50 staff can access weekly asymptomatic testing through workplace testing.
Small businesses in both the public and private sector with less than 50 staff, sole traders and self-employed citizens can access asymptomatic testing through community testing sites.
In Lincolnshire there are currently community testing sites at Boston, Lincoln and Sleaford (more sites are also being considered).
Community testing is also available to medium sized local businesses (generally businesses between 50 and 250 staff) unable to practically access workplace testing (e.g. where the workforce is not based in one area).
Please remember that any employee, whether frontline or based at home who develops coronavirus symptoms, should get a test in the usual way: www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test .
- Close contact services
- The visitor economy
- Shops and Branches
- Restaurants, pubs, bars and takeaway services
- Hotels and other guest accommodation
- Heritage locations
- Offices and Contact Centres
- Construction and other Outdoor work
- Factories, Plants and Warehouses
- Working in Other People's Homes
- Lab and Research Facilities
- Performing Arts
When you are satisfied that you have taken appropriate actions and are "Covid-19 Secure", you should complete and display the Government poster included in the guidance document
The Government will be producing further sector specific guidance for other sectors as more businesses are able to re-open.
The full range of guidance is available at gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19
This downloadable Covid-19 toolkit and risk assessment template and intended to help you get your business ready to re-start during the Covid-19 pandemic:
These documents are not exhaustive and should be used in conjunction with Government guidance and general advice (links below). You will also need to consider any other needs which may be specific to your business.
Test and Trace requirements for business
The NHS COVID-19 app launched on 24 September and helps businesses meet new legal requirements.
It is a legal requirement for certain businesses (see link below) to display the QR code poster so customers can check in with the app on their mobile phone. Businesses must also have an alternative check-in method to collect the contact details of those who don't have the app, for example a handwritten register.
It is a legal requirement for employers to not knowingly allow an employee who has been told to self-isolate to come into work or work anywhere other than their own home for the duration of their self-isolation period. Further information on Test and Trace in the Workplace at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/nhs-test-and-trace-workplace-guidance
Here are some useful posters you may wish to download and display at your premises to help staff and customers:
Government guidance links
- Working Safely During Coronavirus, Workplace Guidance
- FSA: reopening and adapting your food business during COVID-19
- Social distancing during COVID-19
- COVID-19: guidance for employees, employers and businesses
- Government guidance about PPE
- Safer transport guidance for operators
- Guidance for providers of outdoor facilities on the phased return of sport and recreation in England
- Guidance for digital, culture, medial and sport sectors
- Health and Safety Executive
- Legionella risks
- The Gambling Commission
- Guidance for managing playgrounds and outdoor gyms
- Guidance for the safe use of multi-purpose community facilities
- Maintaining records of staff, customers and visitors to support NHS Test and Trace
- Guidance for managing beaches, the countryside and coastal areas
- Guidance on protective measures for holiday or after-school clubs and other out-of-school settings for children during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
- Coronavirus support for business from outside government
- Alcohol licensing: guidance on new temporary off-sales permissions
- Guidance for small marriages and civil partnerships
- Guidance for Taxis and public hire vehicles
- Guidance on Safer transport guidance for operators
- Guidance for Safer transport guidance for passengers
- Materials to download: https://extranet.dft.gov.uk/safer-transport-campaign/resources-for-taxi-phv/
- Grassroots sports guidance for safe provision including team sport, contact combat sport and organised sport events
- Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, Legionnaires lockdown risks, re-opening safely
- Convenience Stores - (Association of Convenience Stores)
- Garden Centres (Horticultural Trades Association)
- Animal Businesses & Dog Grooming (Canine Feline Sector Group)
- British Retail Consortium
- Social Distancing in Retail Stores and Warehouses (British Retail Consortium)
- Market Traders (National Market Traders Federation)
- Drinking Water Supply Guidance
- Outdoor Industries Association
Events Industry Forum - Keeping workers and audiences safe during covid-19 in the outdoor events industry
- The visitor economy (gov.uk)
- Restaurants, pubs, bars and takeaway services (gov.uk)
- Hotels and other guest accommodation (gov.uk)
- Heritage locations (gov.uk)
- Visitor Accommodation & Attractions (Visit Britain)
- Hospitality - pubs, restaurants, hotels (UK Hospitality)
- 'We're good to go' industry standard for all sectors of the tourism industry