Guidance

COVID-19: cleaning of non-healthcare settings

This guidance covers the cleaning of environments in the community.

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COVID-19: cleaning in non-healthcare settings poster

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This guidance can be applied to any non-healthcare setting such as:

  • workplaces
  • offices
  • waiting rooms
  • hotel rooms
  • student accommodation
  • boarding schools

COVID-19 is mainly passed on by person-to-person spread between people who are in close contact with one another and by droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

It can also spread through contact with a surface or object that has the virus on it. Cleaning helps minimise the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Fortunately, normal cleaning methods do kill this virus. Cleaners, caretakers and concierges play an important role in keeping people in their buildings protected, and are on the frontline in the battle against coronavirus (COVID-19) to keep staff, customers, and particularly the most vulnerable safe.

The guidance describes the cleaning required, the appropriate disposal of materials, the cleaning of equipment and hard surfaces, and the personal protective equipment (PPE) that should be worn.

Published 26 February 2020
Last updated 26 March 2020 + show all updates
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