The Government has implemented Plan B
Following the emergence of the Omicron variant and high case numbers the Government has put into place its Plan B for England, this includes the following measures:
- Mandatory face coverings have been expanded, so are now required in most public indoor venues, such as cinemas, theatres and places of worship. There will be exemptions in venues where it is not practical to wear one, such as when you are eating, drinking or exercising. For this reason, it has been decided that face masks are not be required in hospitality settings. Further information regarding face coverings.
- Introduction of the NHS Covid Pass on the NHS App will become mandatory for entry into nightclubs and settings where large crowds gather – including unseated indoor events with 500 or more attendees, unseated outdoor events with 4,000 or more attendees and any event with 10,000 or more attendees. Further information about the Covid pass.
- Those who can are being advised to work from home.
- People are being encouraged to book a booster jab
For all other guidance on coronavirus visit the government coronavirus pages.
Coronavirus business support
For information on the support available to businesses, visit our business support page.
Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19)
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.
There is still an ongoing requirement under Health & Safety law for the employer, self-employed and employees to ensure that controls are in place to prevent infection and transmission of the COVID-19. You MUST assess the risks, manage & implement control measures. H&S coronavirus control measures infographic.
New posters for businesses to display to remind staff and customers of continuing covid actions :
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. All users must wear a face covering when travelling by public transport - unless exempt.
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
Venues need to ensure that they can operate in a COVID safe way, to assist in this updated guidance has been produced for Weddings and Civil Ceremonies.
Testing without showing symptoms
Rapid lateral flow testing is available for those who would like it and are not showing symptoms. Businesses can find their local test site or test collection site online.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone on 01730 266551.