Coronavirus: FAQs & resources

Small business advice

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has resources and information designed to help small businesses through the Coronavirus outbreak. See the FSB’s website.

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Launch of the NHS Test and Trace App

Following a successful pilot, the app will launch in England and Wales on 24 September. 

The NHS Test and Trace app will provide users with local risk information, alert them if they have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive and has a built-in QR scanner to check-in at venues. As such, local businesses will be required to display NHS QR posters so visitors and customers can start checking in safely and securely to venues from 24 September. 

Downloadable resources have been made available at https://covid19.nhs.uk/information-and-resources.html

Working from home

To help contain the virus, office workers who can work effectively from home should do so over the winter. Where an employer, in consultation with their employee, judges an employee can carry out their normal duties from home they should do so. Public sector employees working in essential services, including education settings, should continue to go into work where necessary. Anyone else who cannot work from home should go to their place of work. The risk of transmission can be substantially reduced if COVID-19 secure guidelines are followed closely. Extra consideration should be given to those people at higher risk.

How you can help

Many businesses have been asking how they can support with the response to Coronavirus. You can find more information and a form to get in touch here: https://bit.ly/3bzOfcD

FAQs and guidance

Closures

Business closures list: https://bit.ly/BizClose

Retail reopening

High street shops, department stores and shopping centres across England can now reopen once they are COVID-19 secure and can show customers will be kept safe. Guidance for reopening can be found here: https://bit.ly/UpdatedRetailGuidance

Employers should also display a notice visibly in their shop windows or outside their store to show their employees, customers and other visitors that they have followed this guidance. The downloadable sign can be found here: https://bit.ly/CV19Sign

City of York Council have released guidance for York-based businesses here: https://www.york.gov.uk/downloads/file/5714/business-advice-retail-pack

Requirements for venues to help enforce the rule of 6

Regulations have come into force to ensure that businesses comply with the rule of 6 and maintain social distancing between customers. Designated venues will also now have a legal requirement to maintain records of customer contact details and display an official NHS QR poster ahead of the NHS COVID-19 app rollout.

Further information is available at: https://bit.ly/32Imn4F

Social Distancing Guidelines

Details on safe workplace guidance:https:/bit.ly/CV19WorkingSafely

BEIS working safely webinars: https://bit.ly/BEISWebinars

FAQs to summarise what you can and can’t do have been published, which are based on the new guidance: https://bit.ly/CV19FAQs

Travelling safely: https://bit.ly/CV19SafeTravel

How to carry out a COVID-19 risk assessment: https://bit.ly/CV19RiskAssessments

Cleaning your workplace safely: https://bit.ly/CleaningWorkplaces

Sector-specific guidance for social distancing in the workplace: bit.ly/sectorsocialdist

To help employers reopen their businesses safely, a new tool has been launched to identify the most relevant guidance for your business: https://bit.ly/WorkingSafelyTool

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