UK GOV: Working safely during COVID-19 in shops and branches

Author HM Government

This document released by HM Government on 11th May 2020 provides updated guidance to employers, employees, and the self-employed working in shops and branches, around how to work safely during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Date added 25 May 2020
Last updated 4 June 2020

As lockdown restrictions change in England, those working in a range of sectors on the high street may be experiencing challenges around knowing how to ensure the safety of both workers and customers. These guidance documents released by HM Government on 11th May 2020 provide updated guidance to employers, employees, and the self-employed working in this sector, around how to work safely during the COVID-19 pandemic.

It offers a series of practical checklists for those working within 8 different sectors and settings. The guidance is targeted towards both those stores than might currently be open (e.g. those selling food, and selling essentials e.g. chemists), as well as stores that might currently be closed (e.g. non-food, fashion stores), and bank branches. This is essential for public health.

The guidance documents cover several key areas, offering practical advice and checklists to collaboratively work through: assessing, managing, and reducing riskprotecting people (workers, customers and other visitors); maintaining social distancingcleaning the workplace and PPE; and managing inbound and outbound goods.