Further Guidance for Hospitality, Leisure, Retail Sector

In a recent announcement by the Prime Minister, more businesses have been informed they can reopen on 4 July including pubs, restaurants, and hair salons.

This is only possible where businesses can ensure they are COVID-19 secure and adhere to all of the rules set out in guidance by the Government.

Being COVID-19 Secure

The Government have laid out 5 steps to working safely during this pandemic. Following these 5 steps will help ensure your business is COVID-19 secure.

1. Carry out a COVID-19 risk assessment

Before restarting work you should ensure the safety of the workplace by:

– carrying out a risk assessment in line with the HSE guidance
– consulting with your workers or trade unions
– sharing the results of the risk assessment with your workforce and on your website

2. Develop cleaning, handwashing and hygiene procedures

You should increase the frequency of handwashing and surface cleaning by:

– encouraging people to follow the guidance on hand washing and hygiene
– providing hand sanitiser around the workplace, in addition to washrooms
– frequently cleaning and disinfecting objects and surfaces that are touched regularly
– enhancing cleaning for busy areas
– setting clear use and cleaning guidance for toilets
– providing hand drying facilities – either paper towels or electrical dryers

3. Help people to work from home

You should take all reasonable steps to help people work from home by:

– discussing home working arrangements
– ensuring they have the right equipment, for example remote access to work systems
– including them in all necessary communications
– looking after their physical and mental wellbeing

4. Maintain 2m social distancing, where possible

Where possible, you should maintain 2m between people by:

– putting up signs to remind workers and visitors of social distancing guidance
– avoiding sharing workstations
– using floor tape or paint to mark areas to help people keep to a 2m distance
-arranging one-way traffic through the workplace if possible
– switching to seeing visitors by appointment only if possible

5. Where people cannot be 2m apart, manage transmission risk

Where it’s not possible for people to be 2m apart, you should do everything practical to manage the transmission risk and ensure you are 1m+ by:

– considering whether an activity needs to continue for the business to operate
– keeping the activity time involved as short as possible
– using screens or barriers to separate people from each other
– using back-to-back or side-to-side working whenever possible
– staggering arrival and departure times
– reducing the number of people each person has contact with by using ‘fixed teams or partnering’

There is a poster that you should display in your window to show the public that you have followed the safety guidelines and you are COVID-19 Secure. The poster can be downloaded here: https://bit.ly/CV19Sign

There are a number of Government guides for different workplace sectors so please read which guide relates to your business. These can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19

To help employers re-open their businesses safely, the Government have launched a new tool to identify the most relevant guidance for your business. The guidance highlighted will help you carry out a risk assessment and make sensible adjustments to the site and workforce. Employees can also use this guidance to check what their workplace needs to do to keep people safe. This tool can be found here:
https://bit.ly/WorkingSafelyTool

With the Government announcing that restaurants and pubs can re-open from 4th July, Best Bar None have developed a Guide to Re-Opening. If your business falls under this sector and you are looking to re-open it is well worth a read. Find the guide here:

Here is a template risk assessment for restaurants and pubs to help you be COVID-19 secure. You can use this template and adapt it to your business and it has been developed in accordance with the Government guidelines. Find the template here:

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