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Workplace Guidance

This page will be continually updated to reflect the latest guidance and advice available. Last updated 11.30, 7 July 2020.

Government has published guidance to help employers, employees and the self-employed understand how to work safely during the coronavirus pandemic. The guidance sets out practical steps for businesses focused on 5 key points: 

  • Work from home if you can
  • Carry out a COVID-19 risk assessment in consultation with workers and trade unions
  • Maintain 2 metres social distancing wherever possible
  • Where people cannot be 2 metres apart, manage transmission risk
  • Reinforcing cleaning processes


The new guidance is broken down according to type of workplace rather than sector. There are eight sets of guidelines in total. Businesses that operate in more than one type of workplace may need to look at several publications.

  • Construction and other outdoor work - Guidance for people who work in or run outdoor working environments.
  • Factories, plants and warehouses - Guidance for people who work in or run factories, plants and warehouses.
  • Labs and research facilities - Guidance for people who work in or run indoor labs and research facilities and similar environments.
  • Offices and contact centres - Guidance for people who work in or run offices, contact centres and similar indoor environments.
  • Other people's homes - Guidance for people working in, visiting or delivering to other people's homes.
  • Restaurants offering takeaway or delivery - Guidance for people who work in or run restaurants offering takeaway or delivery services.
  • Shops and branches - Guidance for people who work in or run shops, branches, stores or similar environments.
  • Vehicles - Guidance for people who work in or from vehicles, including couriers, mobile workers, lorry drivers, on-site transit and work vehicles, field forces and similar.
  • The Visitor Economy - Guidance for people who work in hotels and guest accommodation, indoor and outdoor attractions, and business events and consumer shows.


Guidance for businesses re-opening

Following the announcement that non-essential retail will begin to reopen over the coming month, 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


Covid-19 Tool Kit - Considerations for restarting your business safely

Sussex Chamber of Commerce, Business East Sussex and the Coast to Capital Growth Hub have partnered up to develop a Covid-19 toolkit for all businesses planning to reopen. It includes links to both local and national resources and could play a vital part in helping your business to reopen.


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

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