Before re-opening, ensure you review the official government guidelines which cover the below points in detail.
1. Thinking about risk
Have you completed a COVID-19 Risk Assessment? Completing a risk assessment will help you to identify and minimise the risk of transmission at your premises. You should implement these measure before re-opening.
2. Managing your customers, visitors and contractors
How many people can visit your premises at one time and how will you manage them? You may need to have a booking system as well as one-way systems, floor stickers and queue management. Let people know your new process before they arrive.
You should assist the NHS Test and Trace service by keeping a temporary record of your clients and visitors for 21 days, in a way that is manageable for your business. You can find guidance and and FAQ’s for this here.
3. Who should go to work?
Consider who needs to be on site. If employees can work from home, they should. Special considerations will need to be made to those who are clinically vulnerable and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals.
4. Social distancing for workers
A 2m distance between people should be kept wherever possible. If it’s not possible, other considerations will need to be made such as the need for PPE, separators and a time limit spent on the activity.
5. Cleaning the workplace
You will need to clean the workplace before re-opening and ensure it is kept clean, considering which areas need cleaning more frequently such as high touch surfaces. Maintain ventilation by opening windows and doors.
Handwashing and sanitising stations should be accessible to staff and guests. Put signs up to encourage regular hand washing.
6. PPE and face coverings
If your risk assessment identifies the need for PPE or face coverings, you should provide these to your staff free of charge.
7. Workforce Managment
You may need to change the way you work to limit contact between people. This could include creating working group, using transfer points to remove the need to pass people things and keeping details of shift patterns to help the Track and Trace service.
8. Inbound and Outbound goods
Limit the contact on deliveries by revising deliveries procedures. If safe, have one person unloading/loading. Where more than one person is needed, stick to the same working pairs. Limit the amount of deliveries.