Covid-19: Working Safely, Lockdown and Restrictions

Working Safely

From the 5th January, we have been in a national lockdown, this means you must stay at home. The single most important action we can all take is to stay at home to protect the NHS and save lives. You should follow this guidance immediately.

The guidance provides information on:

Going to work

You may only leave your home for work if you cannot reasonably work from home.

Where people cannot work from home they should continue to travel to their workplace. This includes, but is not limited to, people who work in: critical national infrastructure, construction, manufacturing, childcare or education or essential public services.

This is essential to keeping the country operating and supporting sectors and employers.

Find out more here

Asymptomatic Testing Centres

COVID-19 testing for workers who don’t have symptoms

Regular and rapid COVID-19 testing is available in Cheshire West and Chester for workers who cannot work from home and who either come into contact with members of the public, or work in close proximity with people from separate households but don’t have COVID-19 symptoms.

Cheshire West and Chester have two asymptomatic testing centres (in Ellesmere Port and Winsford) where people who cannot work from home can attend for testing.

Businesses with over 250 employees that are still operational should email to discuss testing arrangements.

Testing for businesses with 250 employees or less
Who can attend?
Cheshire West and Chester is prioritising those members of the public that cannot work from home due to the industry they work in, this might include (but is not limited to):
– Manufacturing and production industries
– Essential retail
– Construction and utilities
– Contact centres
– Logistics centres
– Healthcare and public sector services
– Animal welfare and management

Where can I get tested?
Two testing centres are available:
• Stanney Oaks Leisure Centre, in Stanney Lane, Ellesmere Port, CH65 9DB

• Winsford Lifestyle Centre, The Drumber, Winsford, CW7 1AD

You do not need an appointment to get tested. You can arrive at a time that suits you – although if the test centre is busy you may have to queue. The test centre will be open from 9am to 7pm from Monday to Friday, and from 9am to 1pm on Saturdays. Both sites operate the same hours.

Full guidance about these centres and testing arrangements is here

Other Information

Other safety measures

NHS COVID-19 app

Following the launch of the new COVID-19 app, customers and visitors in England will be able to check-in on entry with their phone instead of filling out a check-in book or tool specific to a business. This will allow NHS Test and Trace to contact customers with public health advice should there be a COVID-19 outbreak.

  • In England, using QR codes will help businesses meet the new legal requirement to record the contact details of customers, visitors and staff on their premises.
  • Create and download your QR code poster here 
  • Find out more about the NHS Covid-19 app here.

Face Coverings

Full guidance about when to wear a face covering is available here

Health and Safety and Reporting An Outbreak Guidance (including Sector Specific Guidance)

Opening Safely Suppliers

The Growth Hub appreciates that changes will be needed in your business to trade safely and successfully. We have compiled a  list of suppliers who might be able to help you make your business Covid-19 secure and support you with the financial and HR elements of this, this list is not exhaustive and we encourage you to conduct your own research before engaging with the companies listed here.