Working safely during COVID-19

The Government has published guidance to help employers, employees and those who are self-employed understand how to work safely during the coronavirus pandemic. 

Eight guides have been produced which cover a range of different types of work. Many businesses operate more than one type of workplace, such as an office, factory and fleet of vehicles. You may need to use more than one of these guides as you think through what you need to do to keep people safe.

We are also preparing re-opening checklists for some businesses which you can download below.

  • Construction and other outdoor work
    Guidance for people who work in or run outdoor working environments
  • Factories, plants and warehouses
    Guidance for people who work in or run factories, plants and warehouses
  • Labs and research facilities
    Guidance for people who work in or run indoor labs and research facilities and similar environments
  • Offices and contact centres
    Guidance for people who work in or run offices and contact centres and similar environments
  • Other people's homes
    Guidance for people who work in, visiting or delivering to other people's homes
  • Restaurants offering takeaway or delivery
    Guidance for people who work in or run restaurants offering takeaway or delivery services. The Food Standards Agency has also published guidance to help food businesses better understand how to work safely during this time - food.gov.uk
  • Shops and branches
    Guidance for people who work in or run shops, branches, stores or similar environments
  • Vehicles
    Guidance for people who work in or from vehicles including couriers, mobile workers, lorry drivers, on-site transit and work vehicles, field forces and similar 
You can also find advice for businesses on our Environmental Health and Licensing Business Support page