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Covid-19 Reopening Guidance
Business Advice during Covid-19
From 19th July Step 4 of the Roadmap will be introduced which means legal restrictions can be lifted, all businesses can open and the government is no longer instructing people to work from home.
Businesses still have a legal duty to manage risks to those affected by their business. The way to do this is to carry out a health and safety risk assessment, including the risk of COVID-19, and to take reasonable steps to mitigate the risks you identify.
Below summarises Step 4
- All remaining limits on social contact will be removed and there will be no more restrictions on how many people can meet in any setting, indoors or outdoors.
- All remaining businesses will be able to open, including nightclubs.
- Large events, such as music concerts and sporting events can resume without any limits on attendance or social distancing requirements.
- All restrictions on life events such as weddings, funerals, bar/bat mitzvahs and baptisms will be removed, including the remaining restrictions on the number of attendees. There will be no requirement for table service at life events, or restrictions on singing or dancing.
- The legal requirements to wear a face covering will be lifted in all settings. To help reduce the spread of COVID-19, published guidance will advise that voluntary wearing of a face covering will reduce your risk and the risk to others, where you come into contact with people you don’t normally meet in enclosed and crowded spaces.
- Social distancing rules (currently 2 metres or 1 metre with additional mitigations) will be lifted.
- Regulations that place COVID-secure requirements on businesses, including table service, and distancing between tables, will be lifted.
- ‘Working Safely’ guidance will be updated to provide examples of sensible precautions employers can take to reduce risk in their workplaces. Employers should take account of this guidance in preparing the risk assessments they are already required to make under pre-pandemic health and safety rules.
- Businesses must not require a self-isolating worker to come to work, and should make sure that workers and customers who feel unwell do not attend the setting.
- Businesses will be encouraged to ask staff and customers to clean their hands regularly and clean surfaces that people touch regularly.
- Businesses will be encouraged to display QR codes for customers who wish to check in using the NHS COVID-19 app, to support NHS Test and Trace, although it will no longer be a legal requirement.
Employers and others must continue to follow statutory health and safety requirements, conduct a risk assessment, and take reasonable steps to manage risks in their workplace or setting, as set out in the below guides.
To support businesses through this next phase, the Governments ‘Working Safely’ guidance will continue to provide advice on precautions employers can take to manage risk and support their staff and customers.
Please read the guidance and consider the potential risks within your premises and decide which mitigations are appropriate to adopt.
You can find the guidance for your sector below:
Retail and Close Contact
Events and Attractions
Hotels and Guest Accommodation
Office, Factories and Labs
Construction and Outdoor Work
Information for employers about the COVID-19 vaccination programme.