Updated guidance for businesses for Step 4 (England)

The Government has updated the Primary Guidance for businesses in various tourism-related sectors in England. They have also added a foreword that applies to all sectors, which states:

From Step 4, legal restrictions can be lifted, all businesses can open and the government is no longer instructing people to work from home. To support businesses through this next phase, the ‘Working Safely’ guidance will continue to provide advice on sensible precautions employers can take to manage risk and support their staff and customers.

Businesses still have a legal duty to manage risks to those affected by their business. The way to do this is to carry out a health and safety risk assessment, including the risk of COVID-19, and to take reasonable steps to mitigate the risks you identify.

You should use the guidance to consider the risk within your premises and decide which mitigations are appropriate to adopt. In the long term, we expect that businesses will need to take fewer precautions to manage the risk of COVID-19. We will continue to keep our guidance under review and will remove advice once it’s safe to do so.

Below are the links to the various guidance documents (NB the previous ‘Visitor Economy’, ‘Organised Events’ and ‘Heritage Sites’ guidance have been consolidated into the new ‘Events and Attractions’ guidance).