Acas updates its advice on working safely during coronavirus

Following the relaxation of lockdown measures for businesses in England on 4 July and further easing in Wales and Scotland, Acas has updated its advice on returning to work safely.

Everyone should:

  • work from home if they can
  • follow their country’s guidance on making the workplace safe
  • avoid busy commuting times on public transport where travel is essential and wear a face covering
  • wash their hands regularly

In England, everyone should stay 2 metres apart where possible. If it's not possible, people should be at least 1 metre apart and the employer should make extra changes to keep people safe. This might include things like wearing face coverings, working side by side instead of face to face, or using screens or barriers to separate people. The advice for Scotland and Wales is to continue to socially distance 2 metres apart.

Acas's advice is for employers and their staff to have early discussions about any plans to return to work and try to come to an agreement. These talks can take place with trade union or employee representatives and health and safety representatives, but all staff should be kept informed of plans and be able to feed into discussions.

See our guidance on returning to work. It includes tips on how employers can make workplaces safe.

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