Practical Steps for Business: the Government's 5 Key Points
Work from home, if you can.
All reasonable steps should be taken by employers to help people work from
home. But for those who cannot work from home and whose workplace has not
been told to close, our message is clear: you should go to work. Staff
should speak to their employer about when their workplace will open.
Carry out a COVID-19 risk assessment, in consultation with workers or
This guidance operates within current health and safety employment and
equalities legislation and employers will need to carry out COVID-19 risk
assessments in consultation with their workers or trade unions, to
establish what guidelines to put in place. If possible, employers should
publish the results of their risk assessments on their website and we
expect all businesses with over 50 employees to do so.
Maintain 2 metres social distancing, wherever possible.
Employers should re-design workspaces to maintain 2 metre distances between
people by staggering start times, creating one way walk-throughs, opening
more entrances and exits, or changing seating layouts in break rooms.
Where people cannot be 2 metres apart, manage transmission risk.
Employers should look into putting barriers in shared spaces, creating
workplace shift patterns or fixed teams minimising the number of people in
contact with one another, or ensuring colleagues are facing away from each
Reinforcing cleaning processes.
Workplaces should be cleaned more frequently, paying close attention to
high-contact objects like door handles and keyboards. Employers should
provide handwashing facilities or hand sanitisers at entry and exit points.