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Workplace Guidance

This page will be continually updated to reflect the latest guidance and advice available. Last updated 16.20, 11 February 2021.

The UK has now moved into National Lockdown. New guidance has been issued by Government, outlining what you can and cannot do. This guidance must be followed immediately.


To reduce social contact, the National Lockdown regulations require some businesses to close and impose restrictions on how some businesses provide goods and services. The businesses required to close include:

  • Non-essential retail (e.g. clothing and homeware stores)
  • Hospitality venues such as cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars and social clubs; with the exception of providing food and drink for takeaway (until 11pm), click and collect, drive-through or delivery.
  • Accommodation such as hotels, hostels, guest houses and campsites, expect for specific circumstances.
  • Leisure and sports facilities such as leisure centres and indoor gyms, indoor swimming pools, indoor sports courts, indoor fitness and dance studios, indoor riding centres and indoor climbing walls.
  • Entertainment venues such as theatres, concert halls, cinemas museums and galleries, casinos, amusement arcades, bingo halls, bowling alleys, skating rinks, indoor play and soft play centres.
  • Indoor attractions at venues such as botanical gardens, heritage homes and landmarks.
  • Personal care facilities such as hair, beauty, tanning and nail salons. Tattoo parlours, massage parlours and body and skin piercing services must also close.
  • Community centres and halls.


Other businesses and venues are permitted to stay open, following COVID-19 secure guidelines. The full list of these businesses can be found in the guidance on closing certain businesses and venues in England, but includes:

  • essential retail such as food shops, supermarkets, pharmacies, garden centres, building merchants.
  • market stalls selling essential retail
  • businesses providing repair services may also stay open, where they primarily offer repair services
  • petrol stations, automatic car washes, vehicle repair and MOT services, taxi and vehicle hire businesses
  • banks, building socities, post offices, short-term loan providers and money transfer businesses
  • funeral directors
  • laundrettes and dry cleaners 
  • medical and dental services 
  • vets and reatilers of products and food for the upkeep and welfare of animals. Animal resue centres, boarding facilities and groomers may also stay open.
  • agricultural supplies shops
  • mobility and disability support shops
  • storage and distribution facilities


COVID-19 testing and asymptomatic testing

Businesses in West Sussex with more than 50 employees could now benefit from asymptomatic COVID-19 testing. The government scheme is open to businesses registered in England whose employees are unable to work from home. You can find further information on the WSCC COVID-19 testing and asymptomatic testing pages.


Test and Trace

From Friday 18 September 2020, it is a legal requirement for certain businesses to collect NHS Test and Trace data. 

Organisations in certain sectors should collect details and maintain records of staff, customers and visitors on their premises to support NHS Test and Trace. You can find further information and resources on and WSCC COVID-19 Business and employers pages.



Certain West Sussex venues and businesses are legally required to display NHS QR code posters from 24 September.

We are encouraging ALL businesses and organisations with a physical location open to the public to create an official NHS QR code posters to display at their venue entrances to help support contact tracing.

NHS COVID-19 app users will be able to scan the poster as they enter the venue. This means if people visit your venue and later test positive for coronavirus, other app users who were there at the same time may be sent an alert, if local public health teams think this is necessary.

The app launches nationally on Thursday 24 September

To create your NHS QR code poster, you will need:

  • the address details of each of your venues
  • your email address
  • an email address and contact phone number for each of your locations (e.g. contact details of a store manager, if that's not you)

 Create your NHS QR code poster.


Show that your business is Covid-secure

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has published some downloadable materials to help you show that your business complies with COVID-19 safety in the workplace. You can download these in PDF form below.

Staying COVID-19 Secure in 2020

Staying COVID-19 Secure - 5 step checklist


For further information visit Government’s Working safely during Coronavirus pages.

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