Working Safely during COVID-19 in shops and branches

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has issued Guidance for employers, employees and the self-employed.

Purpose

“This document is to help employers, employees and the self-employed in the UK understand how to work safely during the COVID-19 pandemic, keeping as many people as possible 2 metres apart from those they do not live with.”

Scope

The guidance is targeted at “shops and branches”. “Branches include bank branches, post offices and other open money businesses.”

Elements

Firms should work through the guidance note, step by step.

1. Risk
2. Who should go to work
3. Social distancing
4. Customers, visitors and contractors
5. Cleaning
6. PPE
7. Workforce
8. Inbound and Outbound goods

Assuming that firms can do so safely – then they should prepare to open on June 15th – a huge relief. The first task is to download the guidance, read it and start thinking about how best to complete a risk assessment.

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