Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19)

Updates: Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19)

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).

published amendments

Performing arts
Updated guidance on staging and capacity (section 3.2)

published amendments

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

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).

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).

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).

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).

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).

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).

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).

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).

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.

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).

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.

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.

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).

published amendments

Hotels and other guest accommodation
Updated to include guidance on local restrictions for accommodation providers (section 2.5).

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.

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).

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).

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).

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).

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

published amendments

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

published amendments

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

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.