Coronavirus (COVID-19): information and advice for employers
(updated 15 September 2020)
We recognise the efforts that businesses are making to ensure that they operate in a safe and secure way during this time.
We also recognise that employers want to keep their staff informed about the COVID-19 pandemic. There is lots of information – and misinformation – out there, so please ensure that any advice or guidance you are sharing only comes from a reputable source, such as the GOV.UK website.
Some links that may be helpful:
- Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19)
- NHS Test and Trace: How it works
- NHS Test and Trace: Workplace guidance
- ACAS Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for employers and employees
- COVID-19: cleaning in non-healthcare settings
- Public Health England’s “Customer Logging Toolkit”
- Maintaining records of staff, customers and visitors to support NHS Test and Trace
- City of London Corporation and London Borough of Hackney COVID-19 Local Outbreak Control Plan
- Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for workplaces, dine-in settings, retail and close contact services, and takeaway premises in the City of London and Hackney
Downloadable information sheets are available at the following links:
- Keeping a safe distance
- Face coverings. Face coverings information sheets in 12 different languages are available here.
An NHS video on the best way to wash your hands here. Please watch and share and keep sharing.
Businesses supporting the NHS COVID-19 app
Businesses and other organisations where people are likely to gather for more than 15 minutes, and where it may be a challenge to maintain a distance of 2 metres from each other – such as barbershops, restaurants and pubs – are urged to display NHS QR code posters visible on entry to their premises.
This is to help customers using the new NHS COVID-19 app – which is launching on Thursday 24 September – to check-in to the premises via the app. QR codes will be an important way for NHS Test and Trace to contact multiple people if coronavirus outbreaks are identified in venues, and will help businesses meet new legal requirements to record the contact details of customers, visitors and staff on their premises.
Following the launch of the new app, customers and visitors will be able to check-in on entry with their phone instead of filling out a check-in book or tool specific to a business. An alternative check-in method must be maintained to collect the contact details of those without the app, for example a handwritten register.