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Workplace guidance during COVID-19

Head of Employment Helen Crossland sets out essential information for businesses to consider before and after they reopen their doors.

In this article, Helen looks at the Government Guidance released this week to support employers to comply with health and safety requirements during COVID-19.

On Sunday 10 May 2020, the Prime Minister announced his roadmap for emerging from lockdown. Those that cannot work from home can now make arrangements to return, including tradespeople and those in construction and manufacturing. Curbs on the housing market are also lifted from today with people permitted to move home and estate agents allowed to reopen. The intention is for other sectors to follow suit in the coming weeks. In preparation for such, it is vital that businesses fully digest the health and safety measures they will have to comply with if they reopen during the pandemic.

The Government has issued guidance around health and safety at work and in the workplace. It covers who should return to work, social distancing, personal protective equipment (PPE), and cleaning the workplace. The guidance addresses eight different work settings:

  1. Construction and other outdoor work
  2. Factories, plants and warehouses
  3. Homes
  4. Labs and research facilities
  5. Offices and contact centres
  6. Restaurants offering takeaways and deliveries
  7. Shops and branches
  8. Vehicles

To see the full published guidance, please click here

Should you have any questions regarding the above, or need any employment related legal advice, please contact Seddons’ Head of Employment, Helen Crossland, at, or 020 7725 8034 or one of the employment team.

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