East Hampshire is now in Step 4 of the roadmap out of lockdown
England has moved to step 4 of the roadmap on Monday 19 July. The government will continue to manage the risk of serious illness from the spread of the virus and some key protections will stay in place. More information is available on the GOV.UK website.
Coronavirus business support
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Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19)
With England moving into Step 4 most restrictions have been removed, however it is important to note that the pandemic is not over and that business must still assess the threat of COVID-19 to their employees and customers as part of their duties under Health & Safety. To do this the following needs to be considered:
- Assessing the risk of COVID-19 in a risk assessment
- Maintaining where possible social distancing measures
- Ensure that increase cleaning is still undertaken particularly on touch points and hand contact surfaces
- Ensuring that staff have access to suitable hand wash facilities
- Ensure that the workplace has suitable and sufficient ventilation of preferably fresh air
- Ensure that staff do not attend work with symptoms and follow self-isolation rules if required
To help ensure that businesses are coronavirus safe, GOV.UK has created a range of guides to help different types of work, these are being updated regularly on the GOV.UK website.
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.
New posters for businesses to display to remind staff and customers of continuing covid actions :
Now that the government has lifted all restrictions under step 4 of the roadmap, businesses are being reminded to remove any outdated Covid-secure posters they may still have on display.
Updated workplace posters are available on the coronavirus resource centre to remind businesses and customers about the new workplace guidance and the behaviours that people should still adopt.
Businesses can continue to display QR posters so that customers can continue to check-in to support the NHS Test and Trace programme.
New advice on travelling to and from the office
To assist businesses as they prepare for employees to return to workplaces, the Department for Transport has issued updated guidance for passengers in England on how people can travel safely.
Travellers are advised to plan ahead, regularly sanitise their hands and open a window where possible. Some operators require passengers to wear a face covering, and it’s recommended that all passengers do so if they can.
There is a range of assets that businesses can download and use in employee-facing communications, including intranets, staff bulletins or meetings.
Weddings and civil ceremonies
Following the move into Step 4 most restrictions have now been removed, however venues will need to ensure that they can still operate in a COVID safe way, to assist in this updated guidance has been produced for Weddings and Civil Ceremonies.
Testing without showing symptoms
All local authorities in England are now offering rapid lateral flow testing for those who would like it and are not showing symptoms. Businesses can find their local test site or test collection site online.
All businesses in England can now sign up to free COVID-19 workplace testing.
What to do if you hear about a coronavirus case in your business
The government has produced information for businesses and other organisations on reporting outbreaks of coronavirus. The process varies depending on the sector you operate in.
Need more help or advice?
If you require any further assistance our Food and Safety Team is available to help via email at email@example.com or telephone on 01730 266551.