Advice for restarting a business

Before re-opening a business, you should ensure your customers and staff will be safe.

You will need to consider extra measures to ensure you are managing the risks of Covid-19.

Check here to find out if your business or venue can re-open.

Before you re-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.

Government Working Safely Guidance

The full range of guidance is available at

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. 

Before staff return you must remind them of the need to maintain social distancing, including keeping two metres apart when they first report back to work.  Any staff who are unwell should not be at work. If they have symptoms of Covid-19, they should follow Government advice and stay at home.

Here are some useful posters you may wish to download and display at your premises to help staff and customers:

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Government guidance links

Trade association and industry guidance