The UK Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy
Updated at 9am on 24 June 2020
The Government has now set out its roadmap for easing lockdown restrictions.
Full information on this can be found here
You can find a summary of the key points affecting Somerset communities and businesses below.
COVID-19 Secure at Work guidelines
Workplaces should follow the new “COVID-19 Secure” guidelines to help ensure they are as safe as possible and the risk of infection is as low as possible. These 9 guides cover a range of different types of work. You may need to use more than one of these guides in your workplace as you think through what you need to do to keep people safe.
You can find all the guidance for each type of work 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.
- Homes – Guidance for people working in, visiting or delivering to other people’s homes as well as their employers.
- 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, contact centres and similar indoor environments.
- Restaurants, pubs, bars and takeaway services – Guidance for keeping workers and customers safe in restaurants, pubs, bars and takeaway services.
- 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.
- Accommodation and attractions – Guidance for people who work in hotels and guest accommodation, indoor and outdoor attractions, and business events and consumer shows.
Anyone with symptoms
It remains the case that anyone who has symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19), however mild, or is in a household where someone has symptoms, should not leave their house to go to work for 7 days from when the symptoms started. If you live with others and you are the first to have symptoms of Coronavirus, then all other household members who remain well must not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.
Travelling to work
When travelling everybody (including critical workers) should avoid public transport wherever possible. If they can, people should instead choose to cycle, walk or drive.
People should aim to wear homemade cloth face-covering, (not surgical masks which should only be worn by healthcare professionals and those required to wear them) in enclosed spaces where social distancing is not always possible, for example on public transport or in some shops to reduce the risk of transmission in some circumstances.
Staying safe outside
The government have put together a set of Staying safe outside your home guidelines to ensure that time spent outside your home is as safe as possible including on your way to work, at work and going home.
From 13 May 2020
For the foreseeable future, workers should continue to work from home rather than their normal physical workplace, wherever possible.
All workers who cannot work from home should return to work if it is open. Check with your employer first whether they are ready for you to return to work. If you have children at home and cannot return to work then employers should seek to find a mutually agreeable solution.
Sectors that are allowed to, should be open, for example this includes food production, construction, manufacturing, logistics, distribution and scientific research in laboratories.
From 15 June 2020
Non-essential retail are able to reopen when and where it is safe to do so, and subject to those retailers being able to follow the new COVID-19 Secure guidelines above.
Cultural and sporting events can take place behind closed-doors for broadcast, while avoiding the risk of large-scale social contact.
From 4 July 2020
Hairdressers, hospitality (such as food service providers, pubs and accommodation), public places (such as places of worship) and leisure facilities (like cinemas, themeparks and museums) can reopen. They too should meet the COVID-19 Secure guidelines above.
Some venues which are, by design, crowded and where it may prove difficult to enact distancing are still not able to re-open safely at this point.
This includes; nightclubs, spas, indoor soft play areas, bowling alleys, water parks, indoor gyms, nail bars, tattoo parlours, events, swimming pools and water parks.
To facilitate the fastest possible re-opening of these higher-risk businesses and public places, the Government will monitor carefully the effects of reopening other similar establishments elsewhere in the world, as this happens.
The Government will also establish a series of taskforces to work closely with stakeholders in these sectors to develop ways in which they can make these businesses and public places COVID-19 Secure.