Posted on: 11 June 2020

COVID-19 measures in the UK

Across the UK, there are currently varying measures in place to prevent the spread of the virus. For the latest COVID-19 rules, regulations and measures, visit the government website of the country that you are based.

England: The latest guidance for businesses in England can be at the UK government website.

Northern Ireland: Northern Irish businesses can find the most up to date guidance at the Northern Irish Department of Health website.

Scotland: For the latest updates for Scottish businesses, visit the Scottish government’s website.

Wales: Business based in Wales can find the most up to date information by visiting the Welsh government website.

The following article may refer to government guidelines which were in place on the date it was published.

What to do when working in close proximity

During the COVID-19 pandemic, one of the most effective ways to stop the spread of coronavirus was social distancing; keeping 2-metres apart from anyone who isn’t a member of your household.

This practice was adopted by businesses who were allowed to remain open during the UK lockdown such as essential retail businesses. However, many essential businesses were unable to maintain a 2-metre distance due to the nature of the work, such as construction businesses. These businesses were allowed to carry on trading, providing they implemented measures to protect employees and members of the public to minimise the risk of virus transition.

If you are considering re-opening your business and anticipate that it won’t be practical to implement social distancing, take a look at the below infographic for tips for reducing the spread of COVID-19 when maintaining a 2-metre social distancing gap isn’t possible.

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When 2 metres isn’t possible summary

How to work if keeping two metres apart isn’t possible

1 - Smart working

Have your employees working side by side or back to back instead of face to face.

2 - Ventilation

If working in an enclosed space, such as a vehicle, keep windows open.

3 – Hand Washing

Encourage regular washing of hands or use of hand sanitiser, especially after coughing, sneezing or using shared objects, like door handles.

4 – Cleaning frequency

Common areas and shared surfaces should be frequently cleaned and disinfected.

5 – Minimise contact

Keep the same employees on shift together to limit the amount of people that they come into contact with.

6 – Staggered Shifts

Avoid crowding and congestion by staggering break times and start and finish times.

Business insurance with Premierline

It’s important to make sure that you have the right insurance in place to protect the business that you have built.

Every business is different and has its own business insurance needs, which is why we work with some of the UK’s most well-known insurers to make sure that you are getting the right insurance cover for your business. If you are looking for further COVID-19 business insight, take a look at our Coronavirus Information Page.

Source: Zywave Inc. – Infographic: When 2 Metres Is Not Possible

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