You must maintain social distancing in the workplace wherever possible and this will involve making changes to every aspect of you and your staff’s working day - from how people arrive and leave at work, to moving around the office or working at a desk, during meetings and break times, or interacting with customers. There are several steps you will need to take to maintain social distance in all of these situations.
You’ll need to think carefully about how and when your staff arrive and leave work and how they move around the office when they’re not at their desks.
Social distancing will need to be maintained when people are working at their desks and, if it isn’t possible to keep your staff 2m apart, you should carefully consider whether they need to be in the office.
Avoid having in-person meetings wherever possible and choose remote options when you can. If you can’t avoid having an in-person meeting, you should take the following steps:
You’ll need to ensure that social distance is being maintained while your staff are on their breaks.
Customers should visit your office by appointment only. When customers do come into your office for appointments (or if you meet them for viewings), you should maintain social distance at all times and minimise any contact with them. Make sure your customers are provided with clear guidance on social distancing and hygiene when they arrive, using signage and visual aids, such as floor markings.
This article is intended as a guide only, is not exhaustive, and does not constitute legal advice. It's based on the government’s guidance on working safely during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Please refer to gov.uk for more information..
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