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  • Nick Richards CIPP/E CIPM

Returning to work under Covid-19

The government has announced that all non-essential retail can reopen from 15th June. Businesses offering personal care and those in hospitality such as pubs, restaurants, food and drink establishments within hotels etc., must remain closed.

In reopening your business it is important to remember that under existing legislation employers have a legal duty to protect the health and safety of their employees.

Though many businesses will be able to reopen soon, social distancing and all other practical measures must be taken to prevent infection. The government announced

5 practical steps to consider before reopening should take place.

These steps are:

  1. Carry out a Covid-19 Risk Assessment

  2. Develop hand-washing, cleaning and hygiene procedures

  3. Help people to work from home

  4. Maintain 2 metre social distancing where possible

  5. Where people cannot be 2 metres apart, manage transmission risk

The government has issued detailed guidance, and specific guidance is available for different sectors. Click here to access the guidance

See also our blog post on data protection in respect of employees returning to work

Nick Richards


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