COVID-19 Return to work guidance

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UK Government guidance

General businesses

  1. General guidance for employers and businesses on coronavirus (COVID-19) - this guidance will assist employers, businesses and their staff in staying open safely during coronavirus (COVID-19).
  2. Read guidance on physical distancing in the workplace
  3. The latest Welsh Government guidance: Unlocking our society and economy, continuing the conversation
  4. Guidance for coronavirus (COVID 19): closure of businesses and premises
  5. Coronavirus (COVID-19): information for individuals and businesses in Wales
  6. Keep Wales safe at work - workplace guidance for employers and employees during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
  7. Responsibility is on business owners to ensure all reasonable measures are put in place in the workplace to protect employees and prevent transmission. Duties under HSE in relation to reporting exposure to coronavirus in the workplace 
  8. Guidance for: Help and support if your business is affected by coronavirus (COVID-19) 
  9. The Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance: Support for business and local authorities 

Food businesses

  1. Guidance on coronavirus (Covid-19) for food businesses 
  2. New coronavirus guidance for meat processing and food production plants - preventing and managing outbreaks of coronavirus 
  3. In May, Welsh Government with Food Innovation Wales, launched:

Background information - Covid-19

Scientific data on the Covid-19 strain and the food sector is very limited on a global basis. 

The facts:

  • It is commonly agreed that food does not support and sustain the development of the virus
  • The virus would appear to survive longer on smooth surfaces
  • Coronavirus strains survive at low temperatures
  • Some scientific papers indicate that Coronavirus strains loses infectivity at circa 58°C
  • Detergent and disinfectant treatment of surfaces reduce Coronaviruses survival (especially detergent as it interacts with the lipid layer, on outer area of the virus)
  • The main vectors for spreading the disease are humans
  • Close proximity to infected individuals is another key factor in the spread of the disease
  • Besides coughing and sneezing, scientific opinion indicates breathing heavily after strenuous work, shouting (due to noisy environments) and singing, may contribute to increased opportunities for virus to spread
  • The efficiency of masks as part of personal protective equipment is a debate, with arguments both for and against

Visit the Food Innovation website to read about positive actions to reduce potential spread.

General Advice

1. New Track, Trace and Protect (TTP) Requirements for Businesses

Under new Regulations brought into force last month, certain businesses are required by law to record contact details of persons entering their premises and make those details available to public health officers for up to 21 days.

The requirement applies to the following businesses, though this list is not exclusive, and other businesses could be required to comply if it is reasonable for them to do so:

  • Hospitality, including pubs, bars, restaurants and cafes
  • Cinemas
  • Close contact services including hairdressers, barbers, beauticians, tattooists, sports and massage therapists
  • Swimming pools, indoor fitness studios, gyms, spas or other indoor leisure centres or facilities 

The collection of TTP information is of the utmost importance in preventing further spread of the virus. Businesses, and their customers in turn, are strongly urged to collect and provide appropriate and accurate information.

Further information can be found here and here. 

2. Businesses urged to prepare for NHS COVID-19 app

Pubs, restaurants, hairdressers, cinemas and other venues across England and Wales are being urged to download QR codes to prepare for public rollout of new app.

Further information can be found here.

Other support

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