Business regulatory support - Coronavirus controls
On the 19th July 2021 the government lifted the specific restriction to control coronavirus including face coverings, social distancing and gatherings in England.
Legal restrictions remain on self-isolation for people with COVID-19 and their close contacts.
Despite the relaxation of the rules it is strongly recommended that people act with caution and personal responsibility. For example, everyone should return to work gradually if working from home, meet people outside where possible and it’s expected and recommended that people should wear face coverings, unless they’re exempt, in crowded, indoor settings like public transport.
Up-to-date information on government guidance can be accessed from the following link Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance and support - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
Businesses still have legal responsibilities
Business still have legal responsibilities in relation to the health and safety of their employees, contractors and members of the public. Business must as far as is reasonably practicable, control the risks from coronavirus and review and update risk assessments. The following workplace controls remain unchanged:
- adequate ventilation
- sufficient cleaning
- good hand hygiene
Business must continue to consult their workforce on health and safety matters, talking to workers and their representatives helps to reduce risk.
UK government guidance on working safely provides further information and advice on these measures covering a range of different types of work.
Visit the Health and Safety Executives website for further advice on coronavirus (COVID-19) and working safely Keeping workplaces safe as coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions are removed (hse.gov.uk)
If you are a business or have concerns regarding a workplace within Nottingham City’s area, please contact the Safer Business Team.