North East Lincolnshire Council

COVID-19: Check government guidance on working safely during the coronavirus outbreak

North East Lincolnshire Council is reminding all businesses in the area to check the latest government guidance on working safely during the coronavirus outbreak.

The guidance, published earlier this week, is to help employers, employees and the self-employed understand how to work safely during the coronavirus pandemic.

There are eight guides covering a range of different types of work. Visit https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19 for details.

The Health and Safety Executive has also published guidance about working safely during the coronavirus outbreak. Visit www.hse.gov.uk for details.

Businesses that have read the government guidance and still have questions about working safely can contact the Council using an online form. Visit www.nelincs.gov.uk/coronavirus for a link to the Businesses staying safe during coronavirus form.

Many different businesses and venues must remain closed to members of the public to help stop the spread of coronavirus and protect the NHS.

Enforcement officers at North East Lincolnshire Council now have powers to force businesses to close if they ignore regulations to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Businesses and venues that breach the law will be subject to prohibition notices and fixed penalties.

If businesses do not follow prohibition notices, or fixed penalty notices not paid, businesses may also be taken to court with magistrates able to impose potentially unlimited fines.

Visit www.nelincs.gov.uk/coronavirus to report a business that shouldn’t be open using the Businesses staying safe during coronavirus form. Employees can also use the same form to report concerns about social distancing measures within their workplace.

Cllr Ron Shepherd, portfolio holder for safer and stronger communities at the Council, said:

“I’d like to thank all businesses for their support since the outbreak started. The majority have taken on board the government guidance and, as a result, some of the restrictions have now changed.

“A lot of new guidance has been issued by government in the past week and it’s important that all businesses and self-employed people read and understand the guidance and laws that apply to what they do.

“Coronavirus is still a major threat and so it’s vital that people use their common sense, stay home as much as they can and stay away from other people when out.”

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