Last updated on 10 September
Businesses have a clear duty to support NHS Test and Trace.
From 18 September, it will be mandatory for certain businesses to have a system to collect NHS Test and Trace data, and keep this for 21 days. Core COVID-19 Secure requirements will be mandated for hospitality businesses, and egregious breaches enforced.
The government has also published simplified COVID-19 Secure guidance, available here.
Guidance on businesses operating during the pandemic– frequently asked questions?
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Can my business operate at the moment?
Full details of those businesses that may operate can be found at
What actions do I need to take if my business is allowed to operate?
From 24th July face coverings have been required in many premises, including shops and supermarkets, and on public transport – a full list of places where face masks are required, plus a list of exemptions, can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own
If your business may re-open then a number of guides have been produced to help do so in a safely. These can be found at https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus/business-support
In addition, there are a number of specific guides covering 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.
All of the guides can be accessed at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19
If you would like to additional advice on how to operate safely then please contact the Environmental Health team at Envhealth@southribble.gov.uk or 01772 625625.
In addition -
The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is running webinars for businesses on making the workplace COVID secure: details here
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) website contains lots of information for reopening and operating your business safely
We have developed some signage that you can print out and use for your business. The messages are generic so please check what applies for your business.
Controlling legionella risks when re-opening your business:
If you are in a position where you are considering re-opening your business after a period of closure one of the issues you will need to consider is the risk from legionella bacteria. When aerosolised in water droplets these can cause legionnaire’s disease, a serious form of pneumonia.
Legionella bacteria grow in water systems and a period of warm weather will have provided ideal growth conditions for them if water has remained stagnant for any period of time. If your business has been closed for a while or has had reduced usage then you will need to consider what control measures need to be put in place prior to making use of your water system. For many businesses these will be fairly straightforward but for businesses with complex water systems they may be more involved. Advice on control measures can be found in the guidance document from the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health: https://www.cieh.org/media/4208/legionella-guidance-covid-19.pdf
The Health & Safety Executive also have information on their website
Further advice is also available from The European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
If you operate a pool or spa you should also consider the advice from the Pool Water Treatment Advisory Group
The Food Standards Agency has produced additional guidance for businesses planning to re-open (for example to provide a takeaway service). This can be accessed here.
Test and Trace government guidance for businesses and employers
The NHS test and trace service forms a central part of the Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy for England. The service will play an important role in providing an early warning if COVID-19 activity is increasing locally, regionally or nationally. Information will be used by the Government to help stop the spread of the virus.
The guidance explains how employers and businesses can play their part in the NHS test and trace programme to slow the spread of the virus, protect the health and care system and save lives.
By following the guidance employers can reduce the risk of co-workers having to self-isolate if a member of staff tests positive for COVID-19.
For more information go to https://www.gov.uk/guidance/nhs-test-and-trace-workplace-guidance