When the UK went into full lockdown in March, only those considered to be essential businesses, such as supermarkets and pharmacies were allowed to operate.
This has had a huge knock on effect on many industries and many small businesses have been forced to close their doors permanently.
The lockdown has restarted again, so non-essential shops are again closed, and moving forward they will need to make sure that, when reopening, staff and customers are safe.
The Government has been closely monitoring the situation regarding the Covid-19 pandemic, and although things started to become more relaxed towards the end of the summer with places like pubs, restaurants and gyms being allowed to reopen, the latest developments and spike in cases have forced the Government to tighten things once again.
The Government has been clear in maintaining its stance throughout that anyone who’s able to work from home should continue to do so. However, it also understands that, even for those not considered a non-essential business, this isn’t always an option and that the financial impact of not operating is causing problems for business owners across the country.
If unable to work from home, as long as adhering to the updated guidelines and rules set out by the Government, businesses should be able to run without too many issues.
To help businesses get back to work safely after the lockdown without worrying, here are some tips for things can be implemented to ensure health and safety rules for staff and customers are being followed:
Social distance where possible
Since social distancing was implemented, the standard for most places has been to maintain a distance of 2m (6ft) between people, but for a lot of places this has been reduced to 1.5m or even 1m in places where 2m simply isn’t possible. To help keep staff and any customers safe then, it’s important to make sure they are keeping a good distance apart where possible, and also ensure that face masks are worn when any contact is required.
Maintain regular cleaning:
Cleaning is something that should obviously be done under normal circumstances, but in these times it’s even more important. Before getting back to work, if able, hiring a professional cleaning company can really help get everything in place properly and make it easier to maintain cleaning schedules going forward. To learn more about working with a commercial cleaning company, this site has more information on the kinds of services that can be expected.
Rules and policies are things businesses have had in their minds for a while, but in these challenging and uncertain times, there’s no better reason for going over them again and revising them to reflect the changes that need to be made. These include things like how many people are allowed into premises at once, what the policy is on face masks, and how social distancing is going to be ensured – for example through screens between work stations or re-arranging the layout of a business to keep staff and customers a safe distance from each other.
After the lockdown, businesses will need to ensure that they get up and running as soon as possible. These tips should help make this quick and efficient.