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The new guidance covers 8 workplace settings which are allowed to be open, from outdoor environments and construction sites to factories and takeaways. This sets out practical steps for businesses focused on 5 key points, which should be implemented as soon as it is practical:
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 or fleet of vehicles. You may need to use more than of these guides as you think through what you need to do to keep employees safe.
In step 1, which will apply from Wednesday 13 May in England:
Staying alert and safe (social distancing) guidance
Staying safe outside your home guidance
New guidance has been published on the principles that should be followed to ensure that time spent outside the home is as safe as possible.
Active transport strategy
Pop-up bike lanes with protected space for cycling, wider pavements, safer junctions, and cycle and bus-only corridors will be created in England within weeks, as part of a £250 million emergency active travel fund to relieve the pressure on public transport. The Government will also be launching a campaign to encourage more people to look at alternative ways to travel, to walk or get on a bike for their commute instead of public transport. E-scooter trials will also be brought forward from next year to next month to help encourage more people off public transport and onto greener alternatives. Find out more here.
Public advised to cover faces in enclosed spaces
The public is advised to consider wearing face coverings in enclosed public spaces such as shops, trains and buses to help reduce the spread of coronavirus. They do not need to be worn outdoors, while exercising, in schools, in workplaces such as offices, and retail, or by those who may find them difficult to wear. Find more information here.
New portal for care homes to arrange coronavirus testing
A new online portal that makes it easy for care homes in England to arrange deliveries of coronavirus test kits has been launched today.
Coronavirus outbreak FAQs: what you can and can’t do
Frequently asked questions on what you can and can’t do during the coronavirus outbreak have been updated. This guidance applies in England.
Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) guidance on coronavirus
Guidance and information for industry, healthcare professionals and patients covering the coronavirus outbreak has been updated to include warnings against purchasing fake or unlicensed coronavirus medicines.
Webinars: Watch recorded session. Recorded webinars are available to help businesses:
• for topics that cover support from HMRC, watch recorded sessions
• for international trade, watch recorded sessions
• for small businesses and changes to reporting, regulation and tax, watch recorded webinars
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