Covid-19: Working Safely, Lockdown and Restrictions
Spring 2021 Roadmap
On the 22nd February, the government published the ‘COVID-19 Response – Spring 2021’, setting out the roadmap out of the lockdown for England.
- There will be four steps
- There will be at least 5 weeks between each step
- Steps one,two and three have been undertaken
- There will be a four-week pause at Step 3. Step 3 restrictions remain in place.
Step Four – It is expected that England will move to Step 4 on 19 July, though the data will be reviewed after 2 weeks in case the risks have reduced.
- All limits on social contacts will be lifted
- Large events and performances and weddings will be able to go ahead
- Nightclubs will open
In Addition, there will be Four Reviews
- Looking at whether having a vaccine or a negative test result can reduce restrictions on social contact.
- Piloting the impact of testing and reduced social distancing on events.
- Looking at how to facilitate more inbound and outbound travel – to report back by 12 April
- Review social distancing measures, such as the one-metre-plus rule, rules on face coverings and working from home – to report back by 21 June.
Find out more about the roadmap here
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.
Anyone with coronavirus symptoms can get a test. Get a free NHS test to check if you have coronavirus.
Tests for people who don’t have symptoms
Community asymptomatic testing is a major new tool to help identify and isolate individuals who have COVID-19 but do not have symptoms and may inadvertently be spreading the virus.
Alongside the deployment of tests to NHS front-line staff, social care and other critical settings, testing of asymptomatic individuals within the community can help suppress COVID-19 and offer communities a direct route out of the toughest restrictions.
- Larger companies may want to pay an approved provider to provide tests or run a test site for you
- All companies may want to ask your employees to check if they can get a rapid lateral flow test to do at home or at a test site on NHS.UK
- Smaller companies are advised to encourage employees to visit their local authority asymptomatic test facilities:
- Cheshire East: There are two main local testing sites in Cheshire East, these are Crewe – Chester Street car park, CW1 2ER, and Macclesfield – Commercial Road, SK10 2QJ.
- Cheshire West and Chester: Businesses with less than 250 employees are welcome to direct staff to one of the Council testing sites at Winsford Lifestyle Centre or Stanney Oaks Leisure Centre, in Ellesmere Port.
- Warrington: There are two sites for those with no symptoms of coronavirus who cannot work from home in Warrington – one at the Halliwell Jones Stadium, the other at Grappenhall Cricket Club.
Employers of seasonal agricultural workers in the edible horticulture sector are urged to register for free workplace testing.
A toolkit has been provided for employers to support employees in getting vaccinated, it can be viewed here.
Test and Trace
- The latest Test and Trace workplace guidance can be found here.
- Guidance on maintaining records of staff, customers and visitors to support NHS Test and Trace
- Advice on Test and Trace for hospitality and restaurant businesses can be found here
- Create and download your QR code poster here
- Find out more about the NHS Covid-19 app here.
- If there is more than one case of COVID-19 in a workplace, employers should contact their local health protection team to report the suspected outbreak. Find your local health protection team. (See below)
- Follow government guidance to help employers, employees and the self-employed understand how to work safely during the coronavirus pandemic. The government, in consultation with industry, has produced guidance to help ensure workplaces are as safe as possible. These guides cover a range of different types of work.
- For guidance about travelling to and from work click here.
Other safety measures
Full guidance about when to wear a face covering is available here
Health and Safety and Reporting An Outbreak Guidance (including Sector Specific Guidance)
- Latest information and advice about Covid-19 and health and safety
- Latest information about Covid-19 and social distancing, keeping businesses open and in-work activities.
- Sector specific guidance can be found here
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.