COVID-19: cleaning of non-healthcare settings outside the home

This guidance covers the cleaning of environments outside the home.



This guidance describes the principles of cleaning and disinfection during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. It applies to non-healthcare settings outside the home.

Please note

This guidance is of a general nature and should be treated as a guide, and in the event of any conflict between any applicable legislation (including the health and safety legislation) and this Guidance, the applicable legislation shall prevail.

Published 26 February 2020
Last updated 15 July 2020 + show all updates
  1. Guidance updated with advice on cleaning and waste management that does not relate to a suspected or confirmed case, taking into account current levels of community transmission.

  2. Added clarification on guidance and legislation.

  3. Added poster.

  4. Added poster.

  5. First published.