Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19)

Planning to return to the workplace

Where a workplace is currently closed or staff are on furlough or working from home, the employer should talk as early as possible about returning to the workplace when the government announces it's safe to.

Things to discuss and plan for with staff could include:

  • when the workplace might reopen and staff might return
  • how the employer will make sure the workplace is safe and how they will get views from staff about any further changes
  • how staff will travel to and from the workplace
  • if there might be a phased return of the workforce, for example some staff returning before others
  • who will stay working from home or on furlough

Staff should be ready to return to work at short notice, but employers should be flexible where possible.

See more advice on:

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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