Making your business Covid-secure

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Doing business safely

Below is information about your obligations as a business to minimise the risk of coronavirus to your staff and customers. We have also compiled a list of support available for your business during the outbreak.

Test and Trace QR codes

Hospitality, close contact services and leisure venues are required by law to display official NHS QR code posters to make it easier for people to check-in at different premises.

This is in addition to the legal requirement to collect customer, visitor and staff contact detail logs.

If individuals choose to check-in using the QR code poster they do not need to log in via any other route.

GOV.UK has provided a detailed list of places that must display a QR code.

Full details of the NHS Test and Trace service are available on the GOV.UK website.

Create a coronavirus NHS QR code for your venue.

Rule of 6

Pubs, bars, cafes and restaurants must take bookings of no more than six people, ensure people are not meeting in groups of more than six people on their premises (regardless of age) and make sure there is sufficient space between tables.

More guidance and information about the rule of 6 (including exemptions).

Reopening your business tool

The government has developed a useful tool to help businesses to carry out risk assessments ahead of reopening.

Guidance for specific businesses and community settings

To help ensure that businesses are coronavirus secure, GOV.UK has created a range of guides to help different types of work.

Businesses will need to consider a range of factors when opening, including assessing the controls needed to operate safely to protect staff and customers from the risk of spreading coronavirus.

Many businesses operate in more than one type of workplace and you may need to use more than one of these guides as you think through what you need to do to keep people safe.

The Government has published (and is regularly updating) a list of businesses that need to remain closed and legal exceptions.

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.

Sector-specific action cards that can be displayed in the workplace are also available.

Need to manage queues outside your business?

Hampshire County Council has issued guidance on signage and street markings to help manage queues.

Need more help or advice?

If you require any further assistance our Food and Safety Team is available to help via email at or telephone on 01730 266551.