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England is now in national lockdown. Please Stay Home, Protect the NHS & Save Lives

Working safely during Covid-19

Guidance for employers, employees and the self-employed

Last updated: January 4th, 2021

We’re in regular contact with Public Health England to ensure the very latest guidance is communicated and implemented, as the situation continues to develop.

National lockdown: Stay at Home

The Government has published this guidance on January 4th, 2021, which includes information for businesses:

Summary: what you can and cannot do during the national lockdown

You must stay at home. The single most important action we can all take is to stay at home to protect the NHS and save lives.

You should follow this guidance immediately. The law will be updated to reflect these new rules.

Leaving home

You must not leave, or be outside of your home except where necessary. You may leave the home to:

  • shop for basic necessities, for you or a vulnerable person
  • go to work, or provide voluntary or charitable services, if you cannot reasonably do so from home
  • exercise with your household (or support bubble) or one other person, this should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area.
  • meet your support bubble or childcare bubble where necessary, but only if you are legally permitted to form one
  • seek medical assistance or avoid injury, illness or risk of harm (including domestic abuse)
  • attend education or childcare - for those eligible

Colleges, primary and secondary schools will remain open only for vulnerable children and the children of critical workers. All other children will learn remotely until February half term. Early Years settings remain open.

Higher Education provision will remain online until mid February for all except future critical worker courses.

If you do leave home for a permitted reason, you should always stay local in the village, town, or part of the city where you live. You may leave your local area for a legally permitted reason, such as for work.

If you are clinically extremely vulnerable you should only go out for medical appointments, exercise or if it is essential. You should not attend work

Meeting others

You cannot leave your home to meet socially with anyone you do not live with or are not in a support bubble with (if you are legally permitted to form one).

You may exercise on your own, with one other person, or with your household or support bubble.

You should not meet other people you do not live with, or have formed a support bubble with, unless for a permitted reason.

Stay 2 metres apart from anyone not in your household.

UK Government Support for Business

The UK government has packages of support and guidance in place for businesses affected by Covid-19.

Find out about UK Government support for businesses affected by Covid-19

This advice is for business owners in the area who operate premises where the public visit.

You may already be offering these services, or you may be thinking about how you can do this safely in the future.

Before opening to the wider public you must consider the Government’s guidance on working safely during COVID-19 in shops and branches.

You may also want to think of alternatives to people visiting your premises, for example operating a ‘click and collect’ service or offering appointments.

What does the law say?

The Health and Safety at Work Etc. Act 1974 applies to all workplaces. It requires employers to take reasonable steps to ensure the health and safety of employees whilst at work and others who may be affected by what they do; this includes members of the public and visitors. COVID 19 is a risk to health that must be managed by the employer, in order to comply with the law.

Before reopening you should ensure the safety of your premises by:

  1. Carrying out a COVID-19 risk assessment
  2. Developing cleaning, handwashing and hygiene procedures for staff and customers
  3. Helping members of staff work from home, where possible
  4. Maintaining 2m social distancing between staff and customers, where possible
  5. Where people cannot be 2m apart, manage the transmission risk.

To assist businesses managing the risk of Covid-19 Craven District Council has produced this advice leaflet, which provides some practical measures which can be implemented in your premises. The measures detailed are not exhaustive but provide a starting point for you and your business.

Food businesses

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) have launched a ‘Here to Help’ campaign to provides a practical guide for food businesses on how to register, re-open and adapt to the way they trade safely during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Here to Help guide is for small food businesses such as restaurants, takeaways and coffee shops, to make the hygiene processes and requirements they must follow clear as they develop new ways of working. 

The advice covers a range of issues such as the provision of allergen information, safe food packaging and takeaway containers and ensuring delivery drivers follow food hygiene rules. It also highlights the legal obligation for anyone selling, cooking, storing, handling, preparing or distributing food, to register their business with their local authority.

Government advice for food businesses is available here:

Food hygiene guidance

Reopening and adapting your food business during Covid-19

Checklist for food businesses during Covid-19

Further information and guidance

Further information on working safely during Coronavirus from the UK Government, Food Standards Agency, Health and Safety Executive and North Yorkshire County Council.

Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19)

Posters to download and print out

Guidance for businesses with cases of Covid-19

Covid-19; Preventing and Managing Covid-19 in Workplace Settings – Local Guidance

Here are some resources to help you if there is an outbreak in your business:

Workplace Action card 

Letter template