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16/03/2020

COVID-19: guidance for employers and businesses

Subject: Health and safety at work

Source: GOV.UK Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health England

The Government has today published new and updated guidance to provide affected sectors with the latest advice on managing the threat from COVID-19. The Public Health England guidance provides important information for specific sectors, including schools and transport, on what precautions to take, what to do if someone develops symptoms and how to limit the spread of the virus.

The guidance will assist staff, employers and members of the public after the government last week shifted into the ‘delay’ phase of its action plan to slow the spread of the virus, reduce pressures on the NHS and protect the most vulnerable.

New and updated COVID-19 industry guidance:

  • educational settings such as schools or universities
  • prisons, immigration centres and other places of detention
  • shipping and sea ports
  • transport hubs including airports and train stations
  • hostels and day centres (rough sleepers)

Guidance has also been published on how to clean non-healthcare settings such as offices or hotel rooms where a person with possible or confirmed COVID-19 has spent time while experiencing symptoms.

 

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