Further Workplace Guidance: COVID-19 Secure Rules

September 23, 2020

Going to work and being COVID-19 Secure

The government have set out clear, practical steps that businesses should take to ensure they are COVID-19 Secure and customers are confident to visit.

From 24th September it will become law for certain businesses to put in place key COVID-19 Secure measures.
Such as licensed food and drink venues (except take-aways) must provide table service to prevent customers queuing to order, and customers must be seated when consuming food and drink inside the premises. Certain venues will have restricted opening hours, requiring closure to the public between 10pm and 5am and businesses and venues selling food for consumption off the premises, can continue to do so as long as this is through delivery service or drive-thru.

From 28th September further measures will become law –
A wider range of leisure and entertainment venues, services provided in community centres and close contact settings will be subject to COVID19 Secure requirements in law. This includes ensuring customers wear a face covering, observe the rule of six, and appropriate social distancing. Employers will be banned from requiring self-isolating employees from coming to work.

Full guidance includes:
– Who is allowed to go to work
– What the ‘COVID-19 Secure’ safety guidelines are that workplaces have to put in place
– How the health and safety regulations will be enforced

In order to find out how to make your workplace COVID-secure, the government have devised 14 guides to 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 people safe. Priority actions are outlined at the top of each guide.



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