Katie Hazlewood | 20 May 2020

Important guidance from The Department of Health & Social Care

As the government begins its gradual relaxation of 'lockdown' measures, many employees in England are beginning to return to work. What is certain in these uncertain times, is that many workplaces will look very different to the one employees left in March. Social distancing and other new measures will be needed to help limit the spread of the virus.

Each workplace will face its own unique challenges. The many questions to consider include “do you share your work place with others?” and “does your company invite customers into your building?" Office managers will need to consider whether and how to reorganise the workspace to make sure that the 2m rule is adhered to as far as it reasonably practical.

The pandemic has been a deeply worrying time for everyone. Given workers' concerns before they return, it is important that you can provide the correct information and advice on health and safety. This will give them the time and opportunity to raise concerns and be assured that your business puts their health and safety first.

The Department of Health & Social Care (DHSC) and Public Health England (PHE) are leading the UK government response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and have published updated guidance for employers and people and businesses returning to work.