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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Guidance for Employers and Businesses

Business Recovery

This page will be updated with information on the guidance and protocols being released to allow businesses to either restart operations or begin preparing to re-open with safety measures in place to protect workers from the virus.

Coronavirus Business Recovery Survey

Business planning, recovery and COVID SECURE operations? Have your say

Take part in our Coronavirus Business Recovery Survey to let us know how you are preparing your business for the next phase of socially distanced and COVID-secure enterprise.

This is an opportunity to ensure that your views directly inform government thinking and their next steps and any future investments and programmes Government or South East LEP may develop, with partners across the South East to support our business communities.

Click here to take our short survey

'COVID-19 secure' guidance

The Government has released its recovery strategy document, Our Plan to Rebuild: The UK Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy, as well as ‘COVID-19 secure’ guidance to help ensure workplaces are as safe as possible.

The new ‘COVID-19 secure’ guidance currently covers eight workplace settings which are allowed to be open, from outdoor environments and construction sites to factories and takeaways. This sets out practical steps for businesses focused on five key points, which should be implemented as soon as it is practical:

  1. Work from home, if you can
  2. Carry out a COVID-19 risk assessment, in consultation with workers or trade unions
  3. Maintain 2 metres social distancing, wherever possible
  4. Where people cannot be 2 metres apart, manage transmission risk
  5. Reinforcing cleaning processes

The eight guides cover a range of different types of work. Many businesses operate more than one type of workplace, such as an office, factory and fleet of vehicles. You may need to use more than one of these guides as you think through what you need to do to keep employees safe.

Construction and other outdoor work

Click here for guidance for people who work in or run outdoor working environments.

Factories, plants and warehouses

Click here for guidance for people who work in or run factories, plants and warehouses

Homes

Click here for guidance for people working in, visiting or delivering to home environments as well as their employers

Labs and research facilities

Click here for guidance for people who work in or run indoor labs and research facilities and similar environments

Offices and contact centres

Click here for guidance for people who work in or run offices, contact centres and similar indoor environments

Restaurants offering takeaway or delivery

Click here for guidance for people who work in or run restaurants offering takeaway or delivery services.

Shops and branches

Click here for guidance for people who work in or run shops, branches, stores or similar environments.

Vehicles

Click here for guidance for people who work in or from vehicles, including couriers, mobile workers, lorry drivers, on-site transit and work vehicles, field forces and similar.

Click here to view the UK Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy in full

Further information

Coronavirus outbreak FAQs: what you can and can't do

The government has published guidance on the principles you should follow to ensure that time spent outside your home is as safe as possible. This page sets out key FAQ to inform the public and help you prepare for these changes, including workers’ rights as some sectors start returning to work.

Click here to view the FAQs.

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

The government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will remain open until the end of October, meaning the furlough scheme is being extended by a further four months with workers continuing to receive 80% of their current salary.

However, from the start of August, furloughed workers will be able to return to work part-time with employers expected to pay a percentage towards the salaries of their furloughed staff.

The scheme will continue in its current form until the end of July and the changes to allow more flexibility will come in from the start of August.

Click here for more information on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

Working safely during Coronavirus

Guidance to help employers, employees and the self-employed understand how to work safely during the coronavirus pandemic.

The government, in consultation with industry, has produced guidance to help ensure workplaces are as safe as possible.

Click here to find out more.

New guidance for Safer Travel and Safer Transport Operations

New guidance published provides advice on how passengers should make journeys safely, urging people to consider cycling, walking or driving to help ensure there is enough capacity for those who need to travel on public transport to do so safely.

The advice sets out that if people who cannot work from home and have to travel for work, they should first consider alternatives to public transport. Those driving their own cars have been asked to avoid busy areas.

Train operators have advised customers to continue to check timetables as they continue to accommodate infrastructure improvement work and may also add further services in the light of changes to government guidance.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): safer transport guidance for operators

This guide will help businesses, agencies and others understand how to provide safer workplaces and services for themselves, their workers and passengers across all modes of private and public transport. It outlines measures to assess and address the risks of coronavirus in the transport sector across England.

Guidance for passengers on how to travel safely

This guidance provides advice on how passengers should make journeys safely. The advice sets out that if people who cannot work from home and have to travel for work, they should first consider alternatives to public transport. Those driving their own cars have been asked to avoid busy areas. For those who have to use public transport, the guidance recommends:

  • Keeping 2 metres apart wherever possible;
  • Wearing a face covering if you can;
  • Using contactless payment where possible;
  • Avoiding rush hour travel where feasible;
  • Washing or sanitising your hands as soon as possible before and after travel;
  • Following advice from staff and being considerate to others.

All the latest guidance for people using transport or working in the transport sector during the coronavirus outbreak can be found here.

Next steps for the phased wider opening of educational and childcare settings

  • Updated information for parents and carers about the wider opening to nurseries, schools and colleges from 1 June is now available here.
  • Guidance is available here on how educational and childcare settings should prepare for wider opening from 1 June 2020, including information on year groups in first phase of wider opening, the latest science, and managing risk and rate of transmission of coronavirus.
  • All the latest guidance and advice about coronavirus in educational settings for staff, parents and carers, pupils and students is available here.

Rules that have been relaxed to help businesses during the coronavirus pandemic

A list of the rules that have been temporarily relaxed to make it easier for businesses to continue working through the disruption caused by coronavirus (COVID-19) can be found here.

Details have been added about business rates revaluation postponement, tax cuts to reduce cost of PPE and funding for free childcare entitlements.

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