Official Guidance for Business
The latest information and advice from UK government, NHS, Sheffield City Council and other reputable bodies for UK employers and businesses
New measures to suppress the virus and keep the number of infections down
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has made a statement on new measures to suppress the virus and keep the number of infections down. Review what has changed for businesses in England below:
- From Monday 14 September, you must not meet with people from other households socially in groups of more than 6. This will apply indoors and outdoors. COVID-19 Secure venues, such as restaurants and hospitality venues, can still host larger numbers in total but groups of up to 6 must not mix or form larger groups. Education and work settings are unaffected, and organised team sports will still be able to proceed, as will weddings and funerals up to 30.
- Businesses will have a clear duty to support NHS Test and Trace. From 18 September, it will be mandatory for certain businesses to have a system to collect NHS Test and Trace data, and keep this for 21 days. Core COVID-19 Secure requirements will be mandated for hospitality businesses, and egregious breaches enforced.
- The UK government will support Local Authorities and police forces to respond to breaches of COVID-19 Secure guidelines. Simplified COVID-19 Secure guidance is available here.
Coronavirus (COVID-19): testing guidance for employers
Guidance for employers and third-party healthcare providers on the regulations and legal obligations of running testing programmes.
Venues required by law to record contact details
Premises and venues across England must have a system in place to record contact details of their customers, visitors and staff in the latest move to break the chains of transmission of Coronavirus.
Reporting outbreaks of Coronavirus in the UK
New guidance for businesses and organisations on how to recognise, contain and report incidents of Coronavirus. The COVID-19 early outbreak management information has been created to make sure that people who run businesses or organisations:
- know how to recognise and report an incident of Coronavirus; and
- are aware of measures local health protection teams may advise in order to contain it.
Working Safely During Coronavirus (COVID-19)
The government has updated its guidance for businesses on working safely during Coronavirus. In consultation with industry, this guidance has been produced to help ensure workplaces are as safe as possible. There are 12 guides which cover a range of different types of work. 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 people safe.
Further guidance for employers and businesses including:
- Good practice for employers
- Social distancing in the workplace - principles
- Shift-working and staggering processes
On 24 May, a new £50 million fund for councils across England was announced to prepare for the safe reopening of high streets and other retail spaces. Find more information here.
Reopening Hospitality in Sheffield
Sheffield City Council have recently updated the guide for business that covers reopening hospitality in Sheffield. The guidance now includes specific sections on meetings and events, as well as for the performing arts which is relevant from 15th August. The document also covers guidance for meetings and events venues opening from 1st October.
- Local lockdown guidance for social distancing - This guidance explains how you can see people you do not live with, while protecting yourself and others from coronavirus, if you live in a local lockdown area.
- Local lockdowns: guidance for education and childcare settings - This guidance sets out what schools, colleges, nurseries, childminders, early years and other educational settings need to do if there's a local lockdown during the Coronavirus outbreak.
Face coverings are now mandatory in shops, supermarkets, shopping centres and enclosed transport hubs in England. Face coverings must be worn in additional enclosed public spaces susch as shops; supermarkets; shopping centres; and transport hubs in England, as the UK government takes further steps to help curb the spread of the virus. Click Here for more information.
Official Government Guidance for Employees, Employers and Businesses
This guidance will assist employees, employers, and businesses in addressing coronavirus (COVID-19). Click Here for more information.
Business Support Measures
A full range of business support measures have been made available to UK businesses and employees. Click here to find out how to access the support that has been made available, who is eligible, when the schemes open and how to apply.
Test and Trace
The new NHS Test and Trace service launched across England on 28 May. The new guidance means that those who have been in close contact with someone who tests positive must isolate for 14 days, even if they have no symptoms. Take a look at the NHS test and trace workplace guidance.
The NHS Test and Trace service:
- provides testing for anyone who has symptoms of coronavirus to find out if they have the virus
- gets in touch with anyone who has had a positive test result to help them share information about any close recent contacts they have had
- alerts those contacts, where necessary, and notifies them they need to self-isolate to help stop the spread of the virus
NHS Test and Trace App
The NHS Covid-19 app is now live and available for download. Via the app, customers and visitors in England are able to check-in on entry with their phone instead of filling out a check-in book or tool specific to a business. This allows NHS Test and Trace to contact customers with public health advice should there be a Coronavirus outbreak.
Businesses who are already using their own QR system are being encouraged to switch to the NHS Test and Trace QR code.
When someone enters a venue and scans an official QR poster, the venue information will be logged on the user’s phone. This information will stay on a user’s phone for 21 days and if during that time a Coronavirus outbreak is identified at a location, the venue ID in question will be sent to all devices. The device will check if users have been at that location and if the app finds a match, users may get an alert with advice on what to do based on the level of risk.
The UK government’s online service for booking a Coronavirus test is now live. Click here for guidance on coronavirus testing, including who is eligible for a test and how to get tested.
In order to encourage more people to get tested for us to combat the spread of the virus in our city, Sheffield City Council have been making testing easier and more accessible for people to get a test.
Coronavirus outbreak FAQs: what you can and can't do
The government has set out its plan to return life to as near normal as we can, for as many people as we can, as quickly and fairly as possible in order to safeguard livelihoods, but in a way that is safe and continues to protect our NHS. Click Here for more information.