Going to the workplace during coronavirus (COVID-19)

Planning to return to the workplace

As an employer, you might be reopening a workplace that has been closed during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. You might also have staff returning from furlough.

You should consider:

  • flexible working arrangements
  • making reasonable adjustments
  • keeping the workplace safe
  • how the workplace might reopen

Flexible working

The pandemic has given people experience of working in lots of different ways. Talking to staff can help you gather and use those experiences when considering returning to the workplace.

When planning to return to the workplace, you should consider flexible working arrangements, for example:

Find out more about flexible working

Reasonable adjustments

You must consider making reasonable adjustments for disabled employees.

Find out more about reasonable adjustments

Keeping the workplace safe

Employers and employees who are going to the workplace should:

  • follow government advice
  • wear face coverings where required (unless exempt)
  • social distance where possible
  • keep the workplace clean

Find out more about keeping the workplace safe

How the workplace might reopen

Things to discuss and plan for with staff include:

  • when the workplace might reopen and staff might return
  • if some staff might return before others
  • if anyone will stay on furlough

Acas support for employers

An Acas adviser can talk you through:

  • your options for returning to the workplace safely
  • the steps in the process and a flowchart with links to further resources
  • what's a legal requirement and what's good practice
  • what support is available for your staff

To arrange an appointment, you can:

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