How to reopen your business safely
If your business can reopen, you must follow COVID-secure guidelines to protect customers, visitors and workers. We have put together this guide and poster to help you to open your business safely. The reopening your business safely guide steps you through the safety measures that need to be in place both inside and outside your business. This includes: social distancing and how to manage queues, signage, planning and licensing guidance, as well as information on NHS Test and Trace and what you need to know, both as an employer and a worker, to help protect yourself and others.
The Government recommends that you carry out a risk assessment and make sensible adjustments to the site and workforce. You can use the Government’s COVID-secure risk assessment tool.
Listed below are the current key resources that all businesses should refer to:
- New planning and licensing guidance to assist businesses in Camden to reopen can be found here..
- Can your business reopen? Check the instructions on the government website.
- New guidance helping employers, employees and the self-employed understand how to work safely during the coronavirus pandemic. There are 12 new 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.
- Close contact services: Guidance for people who provide close contact services, including hairdressers, barbers, beauticians, tattooists, sports and massage therapists, dress fitters, tailors and fashion designers.
- 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.
- Heritage locations: Guidance for people who work or volunteer in heritage locations.
- Hotels and other guest accommodation: Guidance for people who work in or run hotels and other guest accommodation.
- 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.
- Other people's homes: Guidance for people working in, visiting or delivering to other people's homes.
- Restaurants, pubs, bars and takeaway services: Guidance for people who work in or run restaurants, bars, pubs, cafes or takeaways.
- 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.
- The visitor economy: Guidance for people who work in hotels and guest accommodation, indoor and outdoor attractions, and business events and consumer shows.
- How to keep your staff and customers safe. Check the guidance on physical distancing on the government website
- You can also download our poster to put up in your business.
- 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. You can also sign up for free webinars exploring these different areas.
- Shops running a pick-up or delivery service
- Working in people’s homes as a tradesperson, cleaner or nanny
- Manufacturing and processing businesses
- Logistics businesses
- Outdoor businesses
- Farming: visiting farms for animal health and welfare
- Fishing or other short-term offshore work
- Cargo-shipping or other long-term offshore work
- Transport businesses
- Waste management businesses
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.