Re-opening your business safely
Latest COVID-19 guidance
The Government has removed ‘Plan B’ COVID-19 restrictions. This means:
- From 27 January face coverings are no longer mandatory. However, you’re strongly encouraged to continue wearing one indoors and busy outdoor public spaces, including in shops, places of worship and on public transport
- From 27 January you no longer need to check NHS COVID-passes as a condition of entry into certain venues or events.
- From 19 January, if you have been working from home you are no longer required to do so. Employers should be in touch with staff for a conversation about returning to the office
- From January 20 staff and students in secondary schools and colleges are no longer required to wear a face covering in classrooms or other communal areas.
You’re strongly recommended to keep taking regular rapid, lateral flow tests before going out to work or meeting others, and to get both doses and a COVID-19 booster if you haven’t yet.
Find more information on the latest government guidance at: gov.uk/coronavirus
COVID-19 cases remain high across London so we strongly advise you to keep following COVID-safe guidance in-store to keep your staff, customers and communities safe.
The Council has developed some more posters [see link below] which we encourage you to print and display inside and outside your premises as a way to welcome back and help reassure customers and visitors.
NHS Test and Trace
To support outbreak management, businesses must request that all staff, customers and visitors check-in before entering a premises using the NHS Test and Trace smartphone application. If people do not have the NHS Test and Trace app, businesses must have an alternative system in place to collect name and contact details. To find out more and to create a NHS QR code for your business or venue, visit: gov.uk/create-coronavirus-qr-poster
If your business or venue is open it must follow COVID-secure guidance to protect customers, visitors and staff.
The Government recommends that you carry out a risk assessment and make sensible adjustments to the site and workforce.
There are various guides for different types of workplace. Many businesses operate more than one type of workplace, such as an office, factory and fleet of vehicles. You may need to use more than one of these guides as you think through what you need to do to keep people safe.
- new planning and licensing guidance to assist businesses in Camden to reopen
- can your business reopen? Check the instructions on the government website
- read the toolkit from Transport for London with advice on travelling for businesses
- get advice and support from the London Growth Hub
- if your business is any of the following there is sector specific guidance for you on the government website
- close contact services
- construction and other outdoor work
- factories, plants and warehouses
- heritage locations
- hotels and other guest accommodation
- labs and research facilities
- offices and contact centres
- other people's homes
- performing arts
- providers of grassroots sport and sport facilities
- restaurants, pubs, bars and takeaway services
- shops and branches
- the visitor economy
Keeping your business safe
You can also find out more keeping aware of fraud and scams on the Business Against Scams website which has some practical steps to reduce the risk of scams and fraud