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 governments 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 with regards to working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19) can always be found on the Government website. Here are links to specific sectors guidance and FAQ's:
Step 4 information
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, if you do 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.
Work place outbreak information
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.
Along side these steps you should also contact SCDC Environmental Health as soon as possible. They can be contacted via email at firstname.lastname@example.org 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?
- Guidance to de-contamination
- Encourage that person to engage in National Test and Trace.
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.
We Offer Testing To Our Staff (WOTTOS): Endorsement Scheme
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.
Employee vaccine toolkit
Along side 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.
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