COVID-19: working safely guide following step 4

Re-opening and working safely

Welcome to the South Cambridgeshire District Council re-opening and working safely page. This page is here for businesses to keep up to date with the latest on working safely now that we have entered step 4 in the government's roadmap out of lockdown. Here you will find general information for all businesses and sector specific up to date government guidance and sector specific re-opening checklists. You will also be able to see links to other useful information along with information regarding financial help and other guidance you might want to read up on.

Business sector guidelines

Whilst South Cambridgeshire District Council aims to keep these business pages updated, the most current guidance for each business sector regarding working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19) can always be found on the Government website. Here are links to specific sectors guidance and FAQ's:

Construction and other outdoor work

Events and attractions

Hotels and guest accommodation

Offices, factories and labs

Restaurants, pubs, bars, nightclubs and takeaway services

Shops, branches and close contact services

From Monday the 19 of July we moved to Step 4 of the Governments Roadmap out of Lockdown. Following on from the businesses that were allowed to reopen in step 3 and the steps before this, all businesses in all sectors are now allowed to reopen.

Below is a list of key points for Step 4:

  • There are now no restrictions on table service or how many people can sit at any table inside or outside.
  • People may now order directly at the bar in pubs, bars and restaurants.
  • Mask are no longer required in venues.
  • The rules around live performances and business events have now been removed.
  • Close contact services can now go back to pre-lockdown practices.

Changes to NHS QR codes

As of step 4 business are no longer legally required to display or provide an NHS QR code. However, you may still wish to have one in place.

Other useful links:

If your building has been closed or had reduced occupancy during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, water system stagnation can occur due to lack of use, increasing the risks of Legionnaires’ disease. 

Detailed guidance on Legionella risks during the coronavirus pandemic is available on the HSE website.

In terms of outbreaks in work places, an outbreak is classed as 2 or more confirmed cases, or if several staff are off sick with symptoms that could be COVID 19. If you do suspect and outbreak you must ensure all confirmed cases are isolating, along with any close contacts. Close contacts should also go and get a PCR test as soon as possible.  

Alongside these steps you should also contact our Environmental Health team as soon as possible. They can be contacted via email at env.health@scambs.gov.uk or call them using 03450 450 063. When contacting the team please make sure you have the following information ready:

  • How many suspected
  • Dates when symptoms started
  • Details of action taken so far.

What if a customer informs you that they have tested positive after visiting your business/premises?

Encourage customers to rapid test

As more businesses open up, it's never been more important to encourage regular rapid testing. To help achieve this, Cambridge County Council have designed the poster and social media, which can be used by businesses to help encourage customers to undertake rapid Covid-19 tests. You can download these in the 'Downloadable Materials' drop down section.

If you are a small to medium sized business in South Cambridgeshire and would like support related to current restrictions or reopening your business, please contact the Reopening the Highstreets Safely Team

You can also find out more information on and find out your eligibility for the latest round of grants. 

The 'We Offer Testing to our Staff' (WOTTOS) endorsement scheme is a simple and free voluntary promotional scheme for firms who are participating in the government’s free coronavirus (COVID-19) workplace testing programme and offer regular twice weekly testing to their staff. The scheme showcases those organisations that offer regular testing for their employees through displaying an easily recognisable and NHS Test and Trace branded physical and/or virtual sticker.

 

Alongside the work place testing scheme, the Health and Safety Executive has produced a toolkit containing information and various media to help employers support their workforce in the push for getting people vaccinated. The kit contains Q&A documents, messaging, an employer briefing sheet and many other useful tools.

 

From the 16th of August, those who have been double vaccinated at least two weeks prior to being identified or those who are under 18 years and 6 months old will no longer be required by law to self isolate if they are identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive for Covid-19.

However, if identified as a close contact you should get a PCR test to check if you have caught Covid-19 and also take precautions by way of wearing a mask in public spaces and following social distancing until you receive a negative test, as those who test positive are still required to isolate.

For further information regarding the changes to self-isolation for those double vaccinated or under 18 years and 6 months, please see the government guidance - Self-Isolation Removed for Double Jabbed Close Contacts from 16 August, or see here for the latest NHS Guidance - When to self isolate and what to do. 

 

HSE have worked in partnership with the British Occupational Hygiene Society to develop a fast, easy tool for undertaking initial assessments of workspaces in respect to the provision of general ventilation as a control of SARS-COV-2 transmission.

The tool is aimed at engaging businesses with the role of ventilation in control of transmission and is designed to require only limited measurements (dimensions of the room) to be taken and to give a result based on the information the user inputs, with recommendations for action, where appropriate. Please note: It is not an ‘expert’ tool and is not intended to be a detailed assessment of ventilation.

However, it is designed to assist businesses begin their journey into understanding their building ventilation and encourage simple actions such as opening windows or installing additional wall vents to help reduce the risk of aerosol transmission.

 

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