Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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Guidance for working safely during COVID-19

Guidance for working safely during COVID-19

Guidance for businesses, community organisations and places of worship

The government, in consultation with industry, has produced ‘COVID-19 secure’ guidance to help ensure workplaces and organisations are as safe as possible.

This sets out practical steps for businesses focused on 5 key points which should be implemented:

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

Guidance for businesses

The new guidance covers 14 workplace settings, from outdoor environments and construction sites to factories and takeaways. Many businesses operate more than one type of workplace, such as an office, factory and fleet of vehicles. You may need to use more than one of these guides as you think through what you need to do to keep employees safe.

The guidance on how to make your workplace COVID secure can be found on the government website.

You must not reopen if your business is closed under current government rules. Check if your business or venue can open.

Guidance for community facilities and places of worship

The government has also published guidance for multi-purpose community facilities and places of worship:

Guidance for food businesses

The Food Standards Agency has published guidance to help food businesses better understand how to work safely during this time.

The food standards agency has also published guidance for food businesses undertaking a rapid shut-down in response to coronavirus (COVID-19)

For the latest coronavirus information for food businesses, visit our Food businesses webpage.

Additional support for businesses and organisations

Recorded webinars

You can watch these recorded webinars to help you work out what you need to do to reopen your business safely and use this risk assessment tool to find out what you need to do.

You can view a list of questions and answers from the Working safely in Shops and Branches Webinar.

You can also view FAQs for hospitality businesses on the UK hospitality website.


Businesses can also download and print the government’s ‘staying COVID-19 secure' poster to display within their workspaces.

Reporting outbreaks - Action cards

Businesses and local organisations need easy access to up-to-date information which provides guidance on managing outbreaks of coronavirus. 

The Joint Biosecurity Centre has developed action cards which reflect the latest advice on how to identify, manage and report a COVID-19 outbreak.

The cards are organised by sector and are designed as a useful visual checklist for businesses.