Check how to return to work safely

Most workplaces have re-opened. If your workplace is open, you can return to work but your employer must make arrangements for you to work safely.

This guidance is only for England. There is different guidance for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

If your workplace is open

If you, or anyone in your household, currently has symptoms of coronavirus then you must not go to work.

If you’re currently on furlough you can stay on furlough, until your employer asks you to return to work. The furlough scheme ends on 31 October 2020.

If you’re worried about going back to work, you can:

If you have a disability or health condition you should talk to your employer about whether you need any reasonable adjustments.

If your employer is not taking all practical steps to promote social distancing, you can report this to your local authority, or the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). The HSE can require your employer to take additional steps where appropriate.

You can check what your rights are if:

If your workplace is closed to the public

The following businesses must remain closed by law:

  • nightclubs, dance halls, discotheques
  • sexual entertainment venues and hostess bars

You can return to work if your employer has work for you even if the business is closed. For example, if you’re an accountant working for a dance hall, or a cleaner at a nightclub, you can still do your work while your workplace is closed to the public.

Local restrictions

If you’re in an area affected by a coronavirus outbreak, check what you can and cannot do.

If you’re clinically extremely vulnerable

You can go to work as long as your workplace is covid-secure, but you should carry on working from home if possible. You no longer need to shield.

If you cannot work from home, you should be offered the safest available roles at work so you can maintain social distancing. You might be able to do an alternative role or adjust your working pattern temporarily.

You should follow the guidance on staying safe outside your home because you’re still at risk of severe illness if you catch coronavirus.

Find more information on what has changed and what you can do if you’re clinically extremely vulnerable.

If you need help with childcare or dependants

If you need to take time off to look after your children or dependents you might be able to:

You might be able to get help with childcare costs.