Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19)

Updates: Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19)

2021

18 May 2021 published amendments

Performing arts

Updated to include information about Step 3 of the roadmap.


17 May 2021 published amendments

Close contact services

Updated to reflect the move to Step 3 of the roadmap.


Construction and other outdoor work

Updated to reflect the move to Step 3 of the roadmap.


Factories, plants and warehouses

Updated to reflect the move to Step 3 of the roadmap.


Labs and research facilities

Updated to reflect the move to Step 3 of the roadmap.


Offices and contact centres

Updated to reflect the move to Step 3 of the roadmap.


Other people's homes

Updated to reflect the move to Step 3 of the roadmap.


Restaurants, pubs, bars and takeaway services

Updated to reflect the move to Step 3 of the roadmap.


Shops and branches

Updated to reflect the move to Step 3 of the roadmap.


Vehicles

Updated to reflect the move to Step 3 of the roadmap.


16 May 2021 published amendments

Providers of grassroots sport and sport facilities

Updated to reflect Step 3 of the roadmap.


14 May 2021 published amendments

Heritage locations

Updated to reflect Step 3 of the roadmap.


11 May 2021 published amendments

Hotels and other guest accommodation

Updated to reflect Step 3 of the roadmap.


7 May 2021 published amendments

The visitor economy

Updated to include information about Step 3 of the roadmap.


4 May 2021 published amendments

Close contact services

Addition of guidance for Step 3 of the roadmap. See the 'What's changed' section for more information.


Restaurants, pubs, bars and takeaway services

Addition of guidance for Step 3 of the roadmap. See the 'What's changed' section for more information.


Shops and branches

Addition of guidance for Step 3 of the roadmap. See the 'What's changed' section for more information.


15 April 2021 published amendments

Heritage locations

Updated to reflect Step 2 of the roadmap.


14 April 2021 published amendments

Performing arts

Updated to reflect Step 2 of the roadmap.


12 April 2021 published amendments

Close contact services

Personal care facilities and close contact services can reopen.


Restaurants, pubs, bars and takeaway services

Restaurants, pubs and bars can serve customers in outdoor areas.


Shops and branches

Non-essential retail can reopen. 


8 April 2021 published amendments

Restaurants, pubs, bars and takeaway services

Addition of information on managing customer payment at the venue. As a last resort, venues that serve alcohol can take payment indoors.


Hotels and other guest accommodation

Updated to reflect Step 2 of the roadmap.


Providers of grassroots sport and sport facilities

Updated on to reflect Step 2 of the roadmap.


The visitor economy

Updated on to reflect Step 2 of the roadmap.


31 March 2021 published amendments

The visitor economy

Updated to include information on reasonable adjustments, changes to NHS Test and Trace regulations and changes to national restrictions from 29 March.


30 March 2021 published amendments

Hotels and other guest accommodation

Updated to include information on reasonable adjustments, changes to NHS Test and Trace regulations and changes to national restrictions from 29 March.


Close contact services

Addition of information on ventilation, tests and the roadmap setting out how COVID-19 restrictions will be eased.


Construction and other outdoor work

Addition of information on ventilation, tests and the roadmap setting out how COVID-19 restrictions will be eased.


Factories, plants and warehouses

Addition of information on ventilation, tests and the roadmap setting out how COVID-19 restrictions will be eased.


Labs and research facilities

Addition of information on ventilation, tests and the roadmap setting out how COVID-19 restrictions will be eased.


Offices and contact centres

Addition of information on ventilation, tests and the roadmap setting out how COVID-19 restrictions will be eased.


Other people's homes

Addition of information on ventilation, tests and the roadmap setting out how COVID-19 restrictions will be eased.


Restaurants, pubs, bars and takeaway services

Addition of information on ventilation, tests and the roadmap setting out how COVID-19 restrictions will be eased.


Shops and branches

Addition of information on ventilation, tests and the roadmap setting out how COVID-19 restrictions will be eased.


Vehicles

Addition of information on ventilation, tests and the roadmap setting out how COVID-19 restrictions will be eased.


26 March 2021 published amendments

Performing arts

Updated to include information on reasonable adjustments, changes to NHS Test and Trace regulations and changes to national restrictions from 29 March.


Providers of grassroots sport and sport facilities

Updated to include information on reasonable adjustments, changes to NHS Test and Trace regulations and changes to national restrictions from 29 March, as well as a new shorter format focussing on actions to make your workplace COVID-Secure.


15 March 2021 published amendments

Heritage locations

New shorter format focussing on actions to make your workplace COVID-Secure, as well as updated guidance covering Step 1 of the roadmap out of lockdown.


Hotels and other guest accommodation

New shorter format focussing on actions to make your workplace COVID-Secure, as well as updated guidance covering Step 1 of the roadmap out of lockdown.


Performing arts

New shorter format focussing on actions to make your workplace COVID-Secure, as well as updated guidance covering Step 1 of the roadmap out of lockdown.


The visitor economy

New shorter format focussing on actions to make your workplace COVID-Secure, as well as updated guidance covering Step 1 of the roadmap out of lockdown.


10 February 2021 published amendments

Close contact services

Added guidance on tests and vaccinations. See the 'What's changed' section for more information.


Construction and other outdoor work

Added guidance on tests and vaccinations. See the 'What's changed' section for more information.


Factories, plants and warehouses

Added guidance on tests and vaccinations. See the 'What's changed' section for more information.


Labs and research facilities

Added guidance on tests and vaccinations. See the 'What's changed' section for more information.


Offices and contact centres

Added guidance on tests and vaccinations. See the 'What's changed' section for more information.


Other people's homes

Added guidance on tests and vaccinations. See the 'What's changed' section for more information.


Restaurants, pubs, bars and takeaway services

Added guidance on tests and vaccinations. See the 'What's changed' section for more information.


Shops and branches

Added guidance on tests and vaccinations. See the 'What's changed' section for more information.


Vehicles

Added guidance on tests and vaccinations. See the 'What's changed' section for more information.


7 January 2021 published amendments

The visitor economy

Updated guidance covering national restrictions in England from 6 January.


Hotels and other guest accommodation

Updated guidance covering national restrictions in England from 6 January.


6 January 2021 published amendments

Heritage locations

Updated guidance covering national restrictions in England from 6 January.


Providers of grassroots sport and sport facilities

Updated guidance covering national restrictions in England from 6 January.


Performing arts

Updated guidance covering national restrictions in England from 6 January.


Close contact services

Updated guidance covering national restrictions in England from 6 January. See the 'What's changed' section for more information.


Construction and other outdoor work

Updated guidance covering national restrictions in England from 6 January. See the 'What's changed' section for more information.


Factories, plants and warehouses

Updated guidance covering national restrictions in England from 6 January. See the 'What's changed' section for more information.


Labs and research facilities

Updated guidance covering national restrictions in England from 6 January. See the 'What's changed' section for more information.


Offices and contact centres

Updated guidance covering national restrictions in England from 6 January. See the 'What's changed' section for more information.


Other people's homes

Updated guidance covering national restrictions in England from 6 January. See the 'What's changed' section for more information.


Restaurants, pubs, bars and takeaway services

Updated guidance covering national restrictions in England from 6 January. See the 'What's changed' section for more information.


Shops and branches

Updated guidance covering national restrictions in England from 6 January. See the 'What's changed' section for more information.


Vehicles

Updated guidance covering national restrictions in England from 6 January. See the 'What's changed' section for more information.


1 January 2021 published amendments

The visitor economy

Clarified that indoor attractions at zoos and other animal attractions must close in tier 4, though the outdoor attractions of these premises can stay open (Local restriction tiers).


2020

31 December 2020 published amendments

Providers of grassroots sport and sport facilities

Addition of Tier 4: Stay at Home.


23 December 2020 published amendments

Performing arts

Addition of Tier 4: Stay at Home to Local restriction tiers, Managing performances (section 3).


The visitor economy

Addition of Tier 4: Stay at Home to Local restriction tiers, Organised outdoor events (Annex A).


Heritage locations

Addition of Tier 4: Stay at Home to Local restriction tiers, Keeping your customers, visitors and contractors safe (section 2).


Hotels and other guest accommodation

Addition of Tier 4: Stay at Home to Local restriction tiers, New Test to Release for International Travel guidance (2.2) Updated Christmas period guidance. New multi-purpose venues guidance for selling food and drink (2.2.1).


21 December 2020 published amendments

Close contact services

Updated guidance on local restriction tiers. All businesses providing close contact services must close in areas in Tier 4. See the 'What's changed' section for more information.


Construction and other outdoor work

Updated guidance on local restriction tiers and protecting people who are at higher risk. Clinically extremely vulnerable individuals are strongly advised to work from home if they're in Tier 4. See the 'What's changed' section for more information.


Factories, plants and warehouses

Updated guidance on local restriction tiers and protecting people who are at higher risk. Clinically extremely vulnerable individuals are strongly advised to work from home if they're in Tier 4. See the 'What's changed' section for more information.


Labs and research facilities

Updated guidance on local restriction tiers and protecting people who are at higher risk. Clinically extremely vulnerable individuals are strongly advised to work from home if they're in Tier 4. See the 'What's changed' section for more information.


Offices and contact centres

Updated guidance on local restriction tiers and protecting people who are at higher risk. Clinically extremely vulnerable individuals are strongly advised to work from home if they're in Tier 4. See the 'What's changed' section for more information.


Other people's homes

Updated guidance on local restriction tiers and protecting people who are at higher risk. Clinically extremely vulnerable individuals are strongly advised to work from home if they're in Tier 4. See the 'What's changed' section for more information.


Restaurants, pubs, bars and takeaway services

Updated guidance on local restriction tiers and protecting people who are at higher risk. Clinically extremely vulnerable individuals are strongly advised to work from home if they're in Tier 4. See the 'What's changed' section for more information.


Shops and branches

Updated guidance on local restriction tiers and protecting people who are at higher risk. All non-essential retail must close in areas in Tier 4. Clinically extremely vulnerable individuals are strongly advised to work from home if they're in Tier 4. See the 'What's changed' section for more information.


Vehicles

Updated guidance on local restriction tiers and protecting people who are at higher risk. Clinically extremely vulnerable individuals are strongly advised to work from home if they're in Tier 4. See the 'What's changed' section for more information.


14 December 2020 published amendments

Heritage locations

Updated self-isolation guidance for contacts of individuals who test positive for COVID-19. The self-isolation period is now 10 days instead of 14 (section 3.2).


Hotels and other guest accommodation

Updated self-isolation guidance for contacts of individuals who test positive for COVID-19. The self-isolation period is now 10 days instead of 14 (section 3.2).


Performing arts

Updated self-isolation guidance for contacts of individuals who test positive for COVID-19. The self-isolation period is now 10 days instead of 14 (section 2.2).


Providers of grassroots sport and sport facilities

Updated self-isolation guidance for contacts of individuals who test positive for COVID-19. The self-isolation period is now 10 days instead of 14 (section 3.2).


The visitor economy

Updated self-isolation guidance for contacts of individuals who test positive for COVID-19. The self-isolation period is now 10 days instead of 14 (section 3.2).


13 December 2020 published amendments

Close contact services

Updated self-isolation guidance for contacts of individuals who test positive for COVID-19. The self-isolation period is now 10 days instead of 14 (section 3.2).


Construction and other outdoor work

Updated self-isolation guidance for contacts of individuals who test positive for COVID-19. The self-isolation period is now 10 days instead of 14 (section 2.2).


Factories, plants and warehouses

Updated self-isolation guidance for contacts of individuals who test positive for COVID-19. The self-isolation period is now 10 days instead of 14 (section 2.2).


Labs and research facilities

Updated self-isolation guidance for contacts of individuals who test positive for COVID-19. The self-isolation period is now 10 days instead of 14 (section 2.2).


Offices and contact centres

Updated self-isolation guidance for contacts of individuals who test positive for COVID-19. The self-isolation period is now 10 days instead of 14 (section 2.1).


Other people's homes

Updated self-isolation guidance for contacts of individuals who test positive for COVID-19. The self-isolation period is now 10 days instead of 14 (section 2.2).


Restaurants, pubs, bars and takeaway services

Updated self-isolation guidance for contacts of individuals who test positive for COVID-19. The self-isolation period is now 10 days instead of 14 (section 3.2).


Shops and branches

Updated self-isolation guidance for contacts of individuals who test positive for COVID-19. The self-isolation period is now 10 days instead of 14 (section 3.2).


Vehicles

Updated self-isolation guidance for contacts of individuals who test positive for COVID-19. The self-isolation period is now 10 days instead of 14 (section 2.2).


10 December 2020 published amendments

Performing arts

Added clarification that alcohol can served for a maximum of 60 mins in total (Local restriction tiers, section 3 and 3.9).


9 December 2020 published amendments

Offices and contact centres

Updated guidance to clarify that workplace canteens open to staff only do not need to collect data for NHS Test and Trace. See the 'What's changed' section for further information.


Shops and branches

Updated guidance to clarify that betting shops must keep a record of all customers, visitors and staff and that workplace canteens open to staff only do not need to collect data for NHS Test and Trace. See the 'What's changed' section for further information.


7 December 2020 published amendments

Construction and other outdoor work

Updated guidance to clarify that workplace canteens open to staff only do not need to collect data for NHS Test and Trace. See the 'What's changed' section for further information.


Labs and research facilities

Updated guidance to clarify that workplace canteens open to staff only do not need to collect data for NHS Test and Trace. See the 'What's changed' section for further information.


4 December 2020 published amendments

Factories, plants and warehouses

Updated guidance to clarify that workplace canteens open to staff only do not need to collect data for NHS Test and Trace. See the 'What's changed' section for further information.


Restaurants, pubs, bars and takeaway services

Updated guidance on Tier 3 restrictions to clarify that customers can enter the premises to place or collect any type of order between 5am and 11pm. See the 'What's changed' section for further information.


3 December 2020 published amendments

Shops and branches

Updated guidance covering items that have been returned, donated, or brought in for repair. See the 'What's changed' section for further information.


Performing arts

Added clarification that food and drink including alcohol can be purchased 30 minutes before, during and 30 minutes after a performance (Local restriction tiers, section 3 and 3.9).


1 December 2020 published amendments

Hotels and other guest accommodation

Updated guidance covering new local restriction tiers information.


Providers of grassroots sport and sport facilities

Updated guidance covering new local restriction tiers information.


The visitor economy

Updated guidance covering new local restriction tiers information.


30 November 2020 published amendments

Performing arts

Updated guidance covering new local restriction tiers information.


27 November 2020 published amendments

Heritage locations

Updated guidance covering new local restriction tiers information.


26 November 2020 published amendments

Restaurants, pubs, bars and takeaway services

Added information on the new local restriction tiers and the COVID-19 Winter Plan. See the 'What's changed' section for further information.


Close contact services

Added information on the new local restriction tiers and the COVID-19 Winter Plan. See the 'What's changed' section for further information.


Shops and branches

Added information on the new local restriction tiers and the COVID-19 Winter Plan. See the 'What's changed' section for further information.


Construction and other outdoor work

Added information on the new local restriction tiers and the COVID-19 Winter Plan. See the 'What's changed' section for further information.


Offices and contact centres

Added information on the new local restriction tiers and the COVID-19 Winter Plan. See the 'What's changed' section for further information.


Labs and research facilities

Added information on the new local restriction tiers and the COVID-19 Winter Plan. See the 'What's changed' section for further information.


Other people's homes

Added information on the new local restriction tiers and the COVID-19 Winter Plan. See the 'What's changed' section for further information.


Factories, plants and warehouses

Added information on the new local restriction tiers and the COVID-19 Winter Plan. See the 'What's changed' section for further information.


Vehicles

Added information on the new local restriction tiers and the COVID-19 Winter Plan. See the 'What's changed' section for further information.


9 November 2020 published amendments

Restaurants, pubs, bars and takeaway services

Updated guidance during national restrictions from 5 November: Hospitality venues like restaurants, bars
and pubs must close, but can still provide takeaway and delivery services. Sale of alcohol is permitted via pre-order for collection or delivery services only. Anyone who can work from home, should (section 1.1) and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals should not attend work if they can't work from home for this period of restrictions (section 2.1).


5 November 2020 published amendments

Performing arts

Updated guidance during national restrictions from 5 November.


The visitor economy

Updated guidance during national restrictions in England from 5 November.


Providers of grassroots sport and gym/leisure facilities

Updated guidance during national restrictions in England from 5 November.


4 November 2020 published amendments

Heritage locations

Updated guidance on the impact of national restrictions in England from 5 November.


Hotels and other guest accommodation

Updated guidance on the impact of national restrictions in England from 5 November.


Close contact services

Updated guidance during national restrictions from 5 November: Most close contact services must close. Anyone who can work from home, should (section 1.1) and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals not attending work for this period of restrictions (section 2.1).


Construction and other outdoor work

Updated guidance during national restrictions from 5 November: anyone who can work from home, should (section 1.1) and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals not attending work for this period of restrictions (section 2.1).


Factories, plants and warehouses

Updated guidance during national restrictions from 5 November: anyone who can work from home, should (section 1.1) and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals not attending work for this period of restrictions (section 2.1).


Labs and research facilities

Updated guidance during national restrictions from 5 November: anyone who can work from home, should (section 1.1) and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals not attending work for this period of restrictions (section 2.1).


Offices and contact centres

Updated guidance during national restrictions from 5 November: anyone who can work from home, should (section 1.1) and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals not attending work for this period of restrictions (section 2.1).


Other people's homes

Updated guidance during national restrictions from 5 November: anyone who can work from home, should (section 1.1) and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals not attending work for this period of restrictions (section 2.1).


Shops and branches

Updated guidance during national restrictions from 5 November: non-essential shops must close but can remain open for delivery to customers and click-and-collect service. Anyone who can work from home, should (section 1.1) and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals not attending work for this period of restrictions (section 2.1).


Vehicles

Updated guidance during national restrictions from 5 November: anyone who can work from home, should (section 1.1) and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals not attending work for this period of restrictions (section 2.1).


28 October 2020 published amendments

Providers of grassroots sport and gym/leisure facilities

Updated guidance on keeping your customers and users of sports and gym/leisure facilities safe (section 2), social distancing (section 4), changing rooms and showers (section 6.4), and cars, accommodation and visits (section 8).


23 October 2020 published amendments

Hotels and other guest accommodation

Updated guidance on managing risk (section 1.1), keeping your customers, visitors and contractors safe (section 2), and who should go to work (section 3).


21 October 2020 published amendments

Performing arts

Updated guidance on staging and capacity (section 3.2)


16 October 2020 published amendments

Performing arts

Updated guidance on thinking about risk (section 1) and managing performances (section 3).


15 October 2020 published amendments

The visitor economy

Added guidance for event organisers and local authorities on outdoor events (Annex A - Outdoor events)


Close contact services

Added information to reflect the launch of Local COVID Alert Levels (section 1).


Construction and other outdoor work

Added information to reflect the launch of Local COVID Alert Levels (section 1).


Factories, plants and warehouses

Added information to reflect the launch of Local COVID Alert Levels (section 1).


Labs and research facilities

Added information to reflect the launch of Local COVID Alert Levels (section 1).


Offices and contact centres

Added information to reflect the launch of Local COVID Alert Levels (section 1).


Other people's homes

Added information to reflect the launch of Local COVID Alert Levels (section 1).


Restaurants, pubs, bars and takeaway services

Added information to reflect the launch of Local COVID Alert Levels (sections 1 & 2.5) and updated guidance on singing, dancing and volume of music (sections 1 & 4.5).


Shops and branches

Added information to reflect the launch of Local COVID Alert Levels (section 1).


Vehicles

Added information to reflect the launch of Local COVID Alert Levels (section 1).


6 October 2020 published amendments

Restaurants, pubs, bars and takeaway services

Updated guidance on the operation of soft play and indoor play areas (section 2.1) and taking payment in licensed venues (section 2.2).


1 October 2020 published amendments

Providers of grassroots sport and gym/leisure facilities

Updated guidance on saunas and steam rooms (section 2.1.3)


Close contact services

Updated guidance on regulation changes (section 1), saunas and steam rooms (section 2.1) and reminding clients to wear face coverings (section 6.2).


Restaurants, pubs, bars and takeaway services

Updated guidance on regulation changes (section 1), customers dancing and singing (sections 2.1 & 4.5) and staff wearing face coverings (section 6.1).


Shops and branches

Updated guidance on regulation changes (section 1) and customers and staff wearing face coverings (section 6.1).


30 September 2020 published amendments

Providers of grassroots sport and gym/leisure facilities

Updated guidance on keeping your customers and users of sports and gym/leisure facilities safe (section 2), social distancing (section 4) and and face coverings (section 7.1).


28 September 2020 published amendments

Heritage locations

Updated guidance on thinking about risk (section 1), keeping your customers, visitors and contractors safe (section 2), who should go to work (section 3) and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and face coverings (section 6).


Hotels and other guest accommodation

Updated guidance on managing risk (section 1.1), keeping your customers, visitors and contractors safe (section 2), who should go to work (section 3) and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and face coverings (section 6).


Performing arts

Updated guidance on thinking about risk (section 1), who should return to training, rehearsal and performance (section 2), managing performances (section 3), hair and makeup (section 4.16) and face coverings (section 6.2).


The visitor economy

Updated guidance on managing risk (section 1.1), managing your customers, visitors and contractors (section 2), who should go to work (section 3) and face coverings (section 6).


24 September 2020 published amendments

Close contact services

Updated guidance on working from home (section 3), supporting staff to self-isolate (section 3.2) and mandatory PPE for staff (section 6.1).


Construction and other outdoor work

Updated guidance on working from home (section 2) and supporting staff to self-isolate (section 2.2).


Factories, plants and warehouses

Updated guidance on working from home (section 2) and supporting staff to self-isolate (section 2.2).


Labs and research facilities

Updated guidance on working from home (section 2) and supporting staff to self-isolate (section 2.2).


Offices and contact centres

Updated guidance on working from home (section 2) and supporting staff to self-isolate (section 2.2).


Other people's homes

Updated guidance on working from home (section 2) and supporting staff to self-isolate (section 2.2).


Restaurants, pubs, bars and takeaway services

Updated guidance on legal requirements for businesses (section 1), mandatory table service at licenced venues (section 2.2), working from home (section 3), supporting staff to self-isolate (section 3.2) and mandatory face coverings for staff and customers ​(section 6.1).


Shops and branches

Updated guidance on working from home (section 3), supporting staff to self-isolate (section 3.2) and mandatory face coverings for staff and customers (section 6.1).


Vehicles

Updated guidance on working from home (section 2) and supporting staff to self-isolate (section 2.2).


18 September 2020 published amendments

Close contact services

Updated guidance on Test and Trace data and display of NHS QR codes (section 2.1), providing reading materials (section 5.2), and PPE requirements around goggles (section 6.1).


Restaurants, pubs, bars and takeaway services

Added information on penalties for breaching the rules (section 1.1) and updated guidance on Test and Trace data and display of NHS QR codes (section 2.1).


17 September 2020 published amendments

Performing arts

Updated guidance on social gatherings of more than 6 people (sections 3.3 and 3.12) and mandatory test and trace requirements (sections 1.3).


11 September 2020 published amendments

Heritage locations

Added priority actions to take to protect staff, visitors and customers.


Hotels and other guest accommodation

Added priority actions to take to protect staff and customers.


Performing arts

Added priority actions to take to protect staff and customers.


Construction and other outdoor work

Added priority actions to take to protect staff and customers.


Factories, plants and warehouses

Added priority actions to take to protect staff and customers.


Labs and research facilities

Added priority actions to take to protect staff and customers.


Offices and contact centres

Added priority actions to take to protect staff and customers.


Other people's homes

Added priority actions to take to protect staff and customers.


Vehicles

Added priority actions to take to protect staff and customers.


10 September 2020 published amendments

Close contact services

Updated guidance on social gatherings of more than 6 people (section 2.1) and mandatory test and trace requirements (sections 2.1 & 7.1).


Construction and other outdoor work

Updated guidance on social gatherings of more than 6 people (section 1.1) and mandatory test and trace requirements (section 7.1).


Factories, plants and warehouses

Updated guidance on social gatherings of more than 6 people (section 1.1) and mandatory test and trace requirements (section 7.1).


Heritage locations

Updated guidance on social gatherings of more than 6 people and Test & Trace (section 1), heritage sites and visitor attractions open to the public, and collecting data for NHS Test and Trace (section 2.1).


Hotels and other guest accommodation

Updated guidance on social gatherings of more than 6 people and Test and Trace (section 2.2).


Labs and research facilities

Updated guidance on social gatherings of more than 6 people (section 1.1) and mandatory test and trace requirements (section 7.1).


Offices and contact centres

Updated guidance on social gatherings of more than 6 people (section 1.1) and mandatory test and trace requirements (section 7.1).


Other people's homes

Updated guidance on mandatory test and trace requirements (section 7.1).


Providers of grassroots sport and gym/leisure facilities

Updated guidance on social gatherings of more than 6 people (section 2) and mandatory test and trace requirements (sections 2.1.4).


Restaurants, pubs, bars and takeaway services

Updated guidance on social gatherings of more than 6 people (section 2.1) and mandatory test and trace requirements (sections 2.1 & 7.1).


Shops and branches

Updated guidance on social gatherings of more than 6 people (section 1.1) and mandatory test and trace requirements (section 7.1).


Vehicles

Updated guidance on mandatory test and trace requirements (section 7.1).


The visitor economy

Updated guidance on social gatherings of more than 6 people and Test and Trace (section 2.1) and mandatory test and trace requirements (section 2.2.2).


9 September 2020 published amendments

Close contact services

Added priority actions to take to protect staff and clients.


Providers of grassroots sport and gym/leisure facilities

Added priority actions to take to protect staff and customers.


Restaurants, pubs, bars and takeaway services

Added priority actions to take to protect staff and customers.


Shops and branches

Added priority actions to take to protect staff and customers.


The visitor economy

Added priority actions to take to protect staff and customers.


5 steps to working safely

This section has been withdrawn.


13 August 2020 published amendments

Performing arts

Updated to Stage Four guidance - performances allowed indoors and outdoors (but with a limited socially-distanced audience indoors).


Close contact services

Updated to reflect that all services, including those in the highest risk zone, can restart from 15 August 2020. Practitioners must now wear a visor and mask. Customers must now wear face coverings.


12 August 2020 published amendments

Close contact services

Updated guidance on consulting the workforce before returning to work (section 3), protecting people who are at higher risk (section 3.1) and where to wear face coverings (section 6.1).


Construction and other outdoor work

Updated guidance on consulting the workforce before returning to work (section 2) and protecting people who are at higher risk (section 2.1).


Factories, plants and warehouses

Updated guidance on consulting the workforce before returning to work (section 2), protecting people who are at higher risk (section 2.1) and where to wear face coverings (section 6.1).


Labs and research facilities

Updated guidance on consulting the workforce before returning to work (section 2) and protecting people who are at higher risk (section 2.1).


Offices and contact centres

Updated guidance on consulting the workforce before returning to work (section 2) and protecting people who are at higher risk (section 2.1).


Other people's homes

Updated guidance on consulting the workforce before returning to work (section 2) and protecting people who are at higher risk (section 2.1).


Restaurants, pubs, bars and takeaway services

Updated guidance on gatherings of multiple households (section 2.1), consulting the workforce before returning to work (section 3) and protecting people who are at higher risk (section 3.1).


Shops and branches

Updated guidance on consulting the workforce before returning to work (section 3), protecting people who are at higher risk (section 3.1) and where to wear face coverings (section 6.1).


Vehicles

Updated guidance on consulting the workforce before returning to work (section 2) and protecting people who are at higher risk (section 2.1).


7 August 2020 published amendments

Hotels and other guest accommodation

Updated to include guidance on local restrictions for accommodation providers (section 2.5).


31 July 2020 published amendments

Close contact services

Updated the guidance on protecting people who are at higher risk (section 3.1). From 1 August, clinically extremely vulnerable individuals can go to the workplace as long as it is COVID-secure, but should carry on working from home wherever possible.


Construction and other outdoor work

Updated the guidance on protecting people who are at higher risk (section 2.1). From 1 August, clinically extremely vulnerable individuals can go to the workplace as long as it is COVID-secure, but should carry on working from home wherever possible.


Factories, plants and warehouses

Updated the guidance on protecting people who are at higher risk (section 2.1). From 1 August, clinically extremely vulnerable individuals can go to the workplace as long as it is COVID-secure, but should carry on working from home wherever possible.


Labs and research facilities

Updated the guidance on protecting people who are at higher risk (section 2.1). From 1 August, clinically extremely vulnerable individuals can go to the workplace as long as it is COVID-secure, but should carry on working from home wherever possible.


Offices and contact centres

Updated the guidance on protecting people who are at higher risk (section 2.1). From 1 August, clinically extremely vulnerable individuals can go to the workplace as long as it is COVID-secure, but should carry on working from home wherever possible.


Other people's homes

Updated the guidance on protecting people who are at higher risk (section 2.1). From 1 August, clinically extremely vulnerable individuals can go to the workplace as long as it is COVID-secure, but should carry on working from home wherever possible.


Restaurants, pubs, bars and takeaway services

Updated the guidance on protecting people who are at higher risk (section 3.1). From 1 August, clinically extremely vulnerable individuals can go to the workplace as long as it is COVID-secure, but should carry on working from home wherever possible.


Shops and branches

Updated the guidance on protecting people who are at higher risk (section 3.1). From 1 August, clinically extremely vulnerable individuals can go to the workplace as long as it is COVID-secure, but should carry on working from home wherever possible.


Vehicles

Updated the guidance on protecting people who are at higher risk (section 2.1). From 1 August, clinically extremely vulnerable individuals can go to the workplace as long as it is COVID-secure, but should carry on working from home wherever possible.


23 July 2020 published amendments

Close contact services

Updated to reflect changes to the rules on working from home (sections 1 & 3) and when to wear face coverings (section 6.1). We have also amended the guidance on mass gatherings (section 2.1), ventilation (section 2.2), disposing of face coverings and PPE (section 5.2) and work-related travel (section 7.2).


Construction and other outdoor work

Updated to reflect changes to the rules on working from home (sections 1 & 3) and when to wear face coverings (section 6.1). We have also amended the guidance on mass gatherings (section 2.1), disposing of face coverings and PPE (section 5.2) and work-related travel (section 7.2).


Factories, plants and warehouses

Updated to reflect changes to the rules on working from home (sections 1 & 2) and when to wear face coverings (section 6.1). We have also amended the guidance on mass gatherings (section 2.1), ventilation (section 2.2), disposing of face coverings and PPE (section 5.2) and work-related travel (section 7.2).


Labs and research facilities

Updated to reflect changes to the rules on working from home (sections 1 & 2) and when to wear face coverings (section 6.1). We have also amended the guidance on mass gatherings (section 2.1), ventilation (section 2.2), disposing of face coverings and PPE (section 5.2) and work-related travel (section 7.2).


Offices and contact centres

Updated to reflect changes to the rules on working from home (sections 1 & 2) and when to wear face coverings (section 6.1). We have also amended the guidance on mass gatherings (section 2.1), ventilation (section 2.2), disposing of face coverings and PPE (section 5.2) and work-related travel (section 7.2).


Other people's homes

Updated to reflect changes to the rules on working from home (sections 1 & 2) and when to wear face coverings (section 6.1). We have also amended the guidance on disposing of face coverings and PPE (section 5.2) and work-related travel (section 7.2).


Restaurants, pubs, bars and takeaway services

Updated to reflect changes to the rules on working from home (sections 1 & 3) and when to wear face coverings (section 6.1). We have also amended the guidance on mass gatherings (section 2.1), ventilation (section 2.2), live performances (section 4.5), disposing of face coverings and PPE (section 5.2) and work-related travel (section 7.2).


Shops and branches

Updated to reflect changes to the rules on working from home (sections 1 & 3) and when to wear face coverings (section 6.1). We have also amended the guidance on mass gatherings (section 2.1), ventilation (section 2.2), disposing of face coverings and PPE (section 5.2) and work-related travel (section 7.2).


Vehicles

Updated to reflect changes to the rules on working from home (sections 1 & 2) and when to wear face coverings (section 6.1). We have also amended the guidance on disposing of face coverings and PPE (section 5.1) and work-related travel (section 7.2).


17 July 2020 published amendments

Hotels and other guest accommodation

Updated to include guidance on business events and meetings (section 2.3.2).


The visitor economy

Updated to include guidance on business events and meetings (section 2.3.2).


10 July 2020 published amendments

Construction and other outdoor work

Updated to include guidance on mass gatherings in the workplace (section 1.1).


Factories, plants and warehouses

Updated to include guidance on mass gatherings in the workplace (section 1.1).


Labs and research facilities

Updated to include guidance on mass gatherings in the workplace (section 1.1).


Offices and contact centres

Updated to include guidance on mass gatherings in the workplace (section 1.1).


Shops and branches

Updated to include guidance on mass gatherings in the workplace (section 1.1).


9 July 2020 published amendments

Providers of grassroots sport and gym/leisure facilities

Providers of grassroots sport and gym/leisure facilities guide added.


Performing arts

Performing arts guide added.


Close contact services

All close contact businesses can open from 13 July with some restrictions. The guidance has been updated to detail the services which cannot be offered (How to use this guidance), add information on saunas, hot tubs and steam rooms (section 2.1), update guidance on alternative treatments (section 2.1), clarify that disabled parking bays should not be used for queuing (section 2.1) and add further detail on ventilation (new section 2.2).


Restaurants, pubs, bars and takeaway services

Guidance added on entertainment permitted in venues (section 4.5) and fire risk assessments for repurposed spaces (section 4.8).


3 July 2020 published amendments

Close contact services

Guidance added on local lockdowns (section 1), discouraging shouting (section 1.1), keeping records of staff, customers and visitors (sections 2.1 & 7.1), and what to do in the event of a COVID-19 outbreak in the workplace (section 7.1).


Construction and other outdoor work

Guidance added on local lockdowns (section 1), discouraging shouting (section 1.1), keeping records of staff shift patterns (section 7.1), and what to do in the event of a COVID-19 outbreak in the workplace (section 7.1).


Factories, plants and warehouses

Guidance added on local lockdowns (section 1), discouraging shouting (section 1.1), keeping records of staff shift patterns (section 7.1), and what to do in the event of a COVID-19 outbreak in the workplace (section 7.1).


Heritage locations

Guidance added on keeping records of staff, customers and visitors (sections 2.1 & 7.1).


Hotels and other guest accommodation

Guidance added on keeping records of staff, customers and visitors (sections 2.1 & 7.1).


Labs and research facilities

Guidance added on local lockdowns (section 1), discouraging shouting (section 1.1), keeping records of staff shift patterns (section 7.1), and what to do in the event of a COVID-19 outbreak in the workplace (section 7.1).


Offices and contact centres

Guidance added on local lockdowns (section 1), discouraging shouting (section 1.1), keeping records of staff shift patterns (section 7.1), and what to do in the event of a COVID-19 outbreak in the workplace (section 7.1).


Other people's homes

Guidance added on local lockdowns (section 1), discouraging shouting (section 1.1), keeping records of staff shift patterns (section 7.1), and what to do in the event of a COVID-19 outbreak in the workplace (section 7.1).


Restaurants, pubs, bars and takeaway services

Guidance added on local lockdowns (section 1), discouraging shouting (section 1.1), keeping records of staff, customers and visitors (sections 2.1 & 7.1), and what to do in the event of a COVID-19 outbreak in the workplace (section 7.1).


Shops and branches

Guidance added on local lockdowns (section 1), discouraging shouting (section 1.1), opening customer restaurants and cafes (section 2.1), keeping records of staff shift patterns (section 7.1), and what to do in the event of a COVID-19 outbreak in the workplace (section 7.1).


Vehicles

Guidance added on local lockdowns (section 1), discouraging shouting (section 1.1), keeping records of staff shift patterns (section 7.1), and what to do in the event of a COVID-19 outbreak in the workplace (section 7.1).


The visitor economy

Guidance added on keeping records of staff, customers and visitors (sections 2.1 & 7.1).


24 June 2020 published amendments

Hotels and other guest accommodation

Hotels and other guest accommodation guide added.


Heritage locations

Heritage locations section added.


Construction and other outdoor work

Updated to reflect the change to the 2m rule and add guidance on support bubbles.


Factories, plants and warehouses

Updated to reflect the change to the 2m rule and add guidance on support bubbles.


Labs and research facilities

Updated to reflect the change to the 2m rule and add guidance on support bubbles.


Offices and contact centres

Updated to reflect the change to the 2m rule and add guidance on support bubbles.


Other people's homes

Updated to reflect the change to the 2m rule and add guidance on support bubbles.


Shops and branches

Updated to reflect the change to the 2m rule and add guidance on support bubbles. Information for tailors, dress fitters and fashion designers has been moved to the new guide on close contact services.


Vehicles

Updated to reflect the change to the 2m rule and add guidance on support bubbles.


23 June 2020 published amendments

Close contact services

New guidance for keeping workers and clients safe in close contact services including hairdressing, barbershops, beauty and nail bars, makeup, tattoo and spray tanning studios, spas, sports and massage therapy, well-being and holistic locations, dress fitters, tailors and fashion designers.


Restaurants, pubs, bars and takeaway services

Guidance expanded from takeaways to venues providing service at the venue ahead of planned opening, reflect guidance on support bubbles, social
distancing, test and trace and feedback from industry.


The visitor economy

Visitor economy section added.


15 June 2020 published amendments

Construction and other outdoor work

Updated to reflect industry feedback, guidance on test and trace service, guidance on safer travel and to provide guidance on managing security risks.


Factories, plants and warehouses

Updated to reflect industry feedback, guidance on test and trace service, guidance on safer travel and to provide guidance on managing security risks.


Labs and research facilities

Updated to reflect industry feedback, guidance on test and trace service, guidance on safer travel and to provide guidance on managing security risks.


Offices and contact centres

Updated to reflect industry feedback, guidance on test and trace service, guidance on safer travel and to provide guidance on managing security risks.


Other people's homes

Updated to reflect industry feedback, provide clarification of coverage in relation to visiting childcare providers, guidance on test and trace service, guidance on safer travel and to provide guidance on managing security risks.


Restaurants offering takeaway or delivery

Updated to reflect industry feedback, guidance on test and trace service, guidance on safer travel and to provide guidance on managing security risks.


Vehicles

Updated to reflect industry feedback, removal of coverage of taxis as superseded by additional guidance issued by Department for Transport, guidance on test and trace service, guidance on safer travel and to provide guidance on managing security risks.


14 June 2020 published amendments

Shops and branches

Updated to reflect industry feedback, updated guidance on managing product handling and returns, guidance on
test and trace service, guidance on safer travel and to provide guidance on managing security risks.


29 May 2020 published amendments

Construction and other outdoor work

We have updated section 2.2 of the HTML guidance to include details on test and trace. The PDF will be updated as soon as possible.


Factories, plants and warehouses

We have updated section 2.2 of the HTML guidance to include details on test and trace. The PDF will be updated as soon as possible.


Labs and research facilities

We have updated section 2.2 of the HTML guidance to include details on test and trace. The PDF will be updated as soon as possible.


Offices and contact centres

We have updated section 2.2 of the HTML guidance to include details on test and trace. The PDF will be updated as soon as possible.


Other people's homes

We have updated section 2.2 of the HTML guidance to include details on test and trace. The PDF will be updated as soon as possible.


Restaurants offering takeaway or delivery

We have updated section 2.2 of the HTML guidance to include details on test and trace. The PDF will be updated as soon as possible.


Shops and branches

We have updated section 2.2 of the HTML guidance to include details on test and trace. The PDF will be updated as soon as possible.


Vehicles

We have updated section 2.2 of the HTML guidance to include details on test and trace. The PDF will be updated as soon as possible.


25 May 2020 published amendments

Shops and branches

Updated to reflect industry feedback and to expand coverage of non essential retail categories ahead of planned opening.


19 May 2020 published amendments

5 steps to working safely

New section added on the 5 main steps for businesses to take.


11 May 2020 published amendments

Construction and other outdoor work

New section added.


Factories, plants and warehouses

New section added.


Homes

New section added.


Labs and research facilities

New section added.


Offices and contact centres

New section added.


Restaurants offering takeaway or delivery

New section added.


Shops and branches

New section added.


Vehicles

New section added.