Working safely during coronavirus

The UK Government’s Coronavirus recovery strategy

The UK Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy has now been published.

Workers should continue to work from home rather than their normal physical workplace, wherever possible.

The Prime Minister has announced that high street shops, department stores and shopping centres across England are set to reopen in June once they are COVID-19 secure and can show customers will be kept safe. Outdoor markets and car showrooms will be able to reopen from Monday 1 June, and all other non-essential retail outlets will be expected to be able to reopen from Monday 15 June; click here for more, and here for updated guidance.

Businesses should display a downloadable notice to inform customers and staff they have followed COVID-secure guidance.

At all times, employees should follow follow the guidance on self-isolation if they or anyone in their household shows coronavirus symptoms. 

Working safely during the coronavirus pandemic

The government, in consultation with industry, has produced guidance to help ensure workplaces are as safe as possible.

The guidance covers 8 workplace settings which are allowed to be open, from outdoor environments and construction sites to factories and takeaways. This guidance will help employers, employees and the self-employed understand how to work safely during the coronavirus pandemic.

The 8 guides 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.

You can find the workplace guides here:

For information on the full range of business support measures which have been made available to UK businesses, visit the government's Business Support website or use the Business Support Finder tool.