Government guidance for businesses has been updated.
Government have said that with the exception of some non-essential shops and public venues, they are not asking any other businesses to close.
However, government stresses that businesses should encourage employees to work from home unless it is impossible for them to do so. But government also accepts that in some cases, this isn’t possible, as not everyone can work from home. Certain jobs require people to travel to their place of work – for instance if they operate machinery, work in construction or manufacturing, or are delivering front line services.
What is clear, is that businesses can still operate if it’s impossible for staff to work from home, and businesses must make their own decisions as to whether to remain publicly open or operate in different ways (mail order where possible, for example).
Where businesses are still physically open, government guidance is as follows:
- Where possible, employees should be encouraged to work from home
- If not please follow social distancing guidance – a 2m separation distance between employees should be maintained
- that employees should regularly wash their hands for 20 seconds
- Surfaces in common use should be regularly wiped down. The main transmission route is through touching surfaces and then touching the face.
- It is very important that people who do attend work and then go home are increasing the risk of exposure so should be particularly vigilant with hygiene as they get home from work
Further guidance is available on www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19.
Cllr Philip Jackson, leader of North East Lincolnshire Council, said: “Businesses across the country have been very creative about how they are delivering their services and staying open. I’ve heard of a drive-thru pub to pick up beer and pizza by appointment in one place! We need to support our local businesses where we can, but everyone’s priority must be to prevent the spread of this horrible virus – stay home and only go out when absolutely necessary. It’s going to be harder as the weather improves, but you must follow the government guidelines and stay safe.”
If you are aware of a business that’s open but shouldn’t be, visit www.nelincs.gov.uk/coronavirus for advice.