As the UK appears to be winning the battle against the Coronavirus, the country is gradually being opened up with the relaxation of some restrictions. This is no time for complacency though, a recent study has found that a third of workplaces visited by the HSE has not been compliant, putting people at a heightened risk of infection. If we are to deal with this pandemic successfully, we should continue to monitor the controls we have in place, ensuring they are adequate to protect not only the public but the business as well, Authorities will not hesitate to close premises that are not complying with requirements.
Free rapid tests for all businesses
The Government has announced that businesses of all sizes, including those with fewer than 50 employees, can now register to order free lateral flow tests for their employees. It points out that regular testing could be the difference between a workplace being able to stay open and operational, or needing to close due to a COVID-19 outbreak. It will form a crucial part of the government’s plan to gradually and safely ease restrictions.
May 17 -
Outdoors, most social contact rules will be lifted – although gatherings of over 30 people will remain illegal.
Outdoor performances such as outdoor cinemas, outdoor theatres and outdoor cinemas can reopen. Indoors, the rule of 6 or 2 households will apply – although we will keep under review whether it is safe to increase this.
Indoor hospitality, entertainment venues such as cinemas and soft play areas, the rest of the accommodation sector, and indoor adult group sports and exercise classes will also reopen.
Larger performances and sporting events in indoor venues with a capacity of 1,000 people or half-full (whichever is lower) will also be allowed, as will those in outdoor venues with a capacity of 4,000 people or half-full (whichever is lower).
In the largest outdoor seated venues where crowds can spread out, up to 10,000 people will be able to attend (or a quarter-full, whichever is lower).
Up to 30 people will be able to attend weddings, receptions, and wakes, as well as funerals. Other life events that will be permitted include bar mitzvahs and christenings.
June 21 -
It is hoped all legal limits on social contact can be removed.
Hope to reopen nightclubs, and lift restrictions on large events and performances that apply in Step 3;
This will also guide decisions on whether all limits can be removed on weddings and other life events.