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Coronavirus: a helping hand for businesses

Read about the latest guidance for Westminster businesses.

Published on: 15 January 2021

Last updated: 8 October 2021

Lifting of COVID-19 restrictions

As of 19 July, all restrictions have been lifted across venues in England.

All businesses should follow the principles set out in the working safely guidance. Whilst the Government is no longer instructing people to work from home if they can, we would expect a gradual return over the summer.

Employers will still have a legal duty to manage risks to those affected by their business.

The way to do this is to carry out a health and safety risk assessment, including the risk of COVID-19, and to take reasonable steps to mitigate the risks you identify.

Businesses should use the working safely guidance to consider the risk within your premises and decide which mitigations are appropriate to adopt. In the long term, it is expected that businesses will need to take fewer precautions to manage the risk of COVID-19. The guidance includes:

  • cleaning surfaces that people touch regularly
  • identifying poorly-ventilated areas in the venue and taking steps to improve air flow
  • ensuring that staff and customers who are unwell do not attend the workplace or venue
  • communicating to staff and customers the measures you have put in place

The government encourages organisations in higher risk settings to use the NHS COVID Pass as a condition of entry, in order to reduce the risk of COVID-19. This will especially be the case in large crowded settings where people are likely to be in close proximity to others outside their household. The Government reserves the right to mandate certification in certain venues at a later date if necessary.

Read the full guidance on GOV.UK