From Tuesday 30 November, face coverings are mandatory in shops, on public transport and elsewhere. Check the government’s face covering guidance to find out when you should wear one, the rules for face coverings in the workplace, and more.
The government provides information on how to reduce the risk of coronavirus spreading in your workplace and ensure the safety of your employees and customers.
- Working safely during coronavirus – includes sector-specific guidance
- Coronavirus health and safety advice for employees
- Continuing to keep workplaces safe from coronavirus
- How to stay safe and help prevent the spread of coronavirus
- Cleaning in non-healthcare settings outside the home
- Workplace ventilation self-assessment tool
- NHS Test and Trace in the workplace
- Free rapid tests for all businesses for regular workplace testing
To address and clearly communicate the current guidance and update businesses on the current state of coronavirus, the Director of Public Health for Cambridgeshire wrote to all local businesses.
If you have three or more confirmed cases of coronavirus within a 14-day period, or several employees have symptoms at the same time, you should report the outbreak to us.
Tell us how many people are suspected to have the virus, when the symptoms started, and what actions you have taken so far.
You should also make sure everybody with the virus isolates and takes a PCR test as soon as possible.
Over the last 18 months, we have supported businesses through the pandemic, including more than £100 million of grants and business rate relief.
Look out for more information here about further business support schemes in the coming months, including the Green Business Grant scheme.
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Read our update on the recovery programme and future plans [PDF, 0.5MB], which was reported to our Strategy and Resources Scrutiny Committee in October 2021.
Working under the enhanced response area (ERA) status
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough have become an ‘enhanced response area’ (ERA) in response to rising numbers of coronavirus cases. The status will last for at least five weeks from 1 November 2021.
We expect to see an increase in confirmed coronavirus cases as we move into winter. So we encourage you to support efforts to lower the risk of transmission, keep our communities safe, and protect your employees and customers.
- Review the staff who work on site – do they all need to be there, and what can you do to help more of them to work effectively from home?
- Encourage staff to get their vaccinations and boosters, including seasonal flu vaccinations.
- Encourage staff to wear face masks at work, especially when they are working in an enclosed environment with other colleagues.
- Encourage staff to take lateral flow tests (LFTs) twice every week, and allow them to isolate if they need to.
- Introduce infection-control measures including good hygiene practices – check the government’s guidance on continuing to keep workplaces safe from coronavirus.
- Keep work areas well ventilated, including shared vehicles – use the government’s workplace ventilation self-assessment tool.
- Encourage staff to report breaches of your coronavirus mitigation measures.
- Reinforce to staff that their behaviour outside work has an effect on how your business can continue to run.
On-site Christmas events
We encourage you to adopt the following measures if you will be holding Christmas events at your workplace.
- Set up the event to enable social distancing.
- Use the government’s NHS Covid Pass system guidance for events that involve outside guests, and use NHS QR codes to help track and trace.
- Encourage attendees to wear face masks indoors and in crowded areas outside, including in shared vehicles.
- Ask people not to attend if they have any coronavirus symptoms.
- Encourage people to take lateral flow tests (LFTs) before and after the event as part of their regular testing regime.
- Keep popular or busy areas clean with frequent cleanings, and provide easy access to hand sanitiser.
- Implement and stick to arrangements to keep food and drink safe from contamination.
- Display prominent posters reminding attendees to stay safe, follow the guidelines and use common sense.