Making your business COVID secure

Guidance on reopening

If staff in your business cannot work from home, you must ensure you have followed all government guidance for reopening your business. This includes consulting with staff on new health and safety measures that you have put in place, in line with the '5 steps to reopening safely'. 

There are several things you will need to do/consider before re-opening. This includes:

  • checking equipment is safe and in good working order
  • taking appropriate measures to prevent legionella developing in water systems that have been dormant
  • ensuring you do not have any issues with commercial waste or pests

You will also need to consider how customers will queue outside and inside your premises.  These areas should form part of your risk assessment and subsequent measures you put in place to keep your staff and customers safe.

Follow government sector guidance and guidance from your sector trade associations in regards to whether you and your staff need to wear PPE and if so, which type. This should also form part of your Covid19 risk assessment.

Additional guidance on employment

ACAS have produced a guide for employers on working safely and social distancing and offer a helpline service for both employers and employees for all employment law queries.

Citizens Advice has outlined the top six need-to-knows on returning to work when it comes to employment rights.

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