Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Free webinars being held to help businesses make workplaces COVID-19 secure
The Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy will be hosting a series of free webinars to help businesses make their workplaces Covid-19 secure.
Thousands of high street shops, department stores and shopping centres across England can reopen next month once they are COVID-19 secure and can show customers will be kept safe.
The webinars are taking place today (May 28), Monday 1 June and Tuesday 2 June covering a variety of industries.
- Outdoor markets and car showrooms will be able to reopen from 1 June, as soon as they are able to meet the COVID-19 secure guidelines to protect shoppers and workers.
- All other non-essential retail will be expected to be able to reopen from 15 June if the Government’s five tests are met and they follow the COVID-19 secure guidelines, giving them three weeks to prepare.
- Businesses will only be able to open from these dates once they have completed a risk assessment, in consultation with trade union representatives or workers, and are confident they are managing the risks. They must have taken the necessary steps to become COVID-19 secure in line with the current Health and Safety legislation.
Full details of the announcement can be found here: https://bit.ly/RetailTimeline.
Guidance for reopening can be found here: https://bit.ly/UpdatedRetailGuidance.
The updated guidance takes into account the best practice demonstrated by the many retailers which have been allowed to remain open and have applied social distancing measures in store. Measures that shops should consider include:
- placing a poster in their windows to demonstrate awareness of the guidance and commitment to safety measures
- storing returned items for 72 hours before putting them back out on the shop floor
- placing protective coverings on large items touched by the public such as beds or sofas
- frequent cleaning of objects and surfaces that are touched regularly, including self-checkouts, trolleys, coffee machines and betting terminals, for example
The vast majority of businesses will want to do everything possible to protect their staff and customers, but tough powers are in place to enforce action if they don’t, including fines and jail sentences of up to 2 years.
As per the roadmap, hairdressers, nail bars and beauty salons, and the hospitality sector, remain closed, because the risk of transmission in these environments is higher where long periods of person to person contact is required.