OPENING AND WORKING SAFELY
UNDER COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

As we follow the government roadmap out of lockdown, find out everything you need to open your business and continue to work safely under COVID-19 restrictions. 

Updated 17th June 2021

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The Roadmap out of lockdown gives a 4-step framework for the easing of COVID-19 restrictions.  England moved to step three on Monday 17th May. The move to step 4 has been delayed until at least Monday 19th July. 

How the Roadmap affects your business depends on a range of factors - including your business type, how it operates, the premises it operates from, the roles of your employees and the nature of contact with your customers. 

If and when you're able to reopen, it won't be business as usual. To ensure your workplace is COVID-19 secure for everyone - employees and customers - there will be a range of things you need to do.


Reopening businesses and venues

With so many variables, there's never going to be a one size fits all solution for everyone to open at the same time. So alongside the Roadmap, gov.uk have produced comprehensive sector-by-sector guidance to tell you when you can reopen:

Reopening businesses and venues


Making your business COVID-19 secure

Once again, gov.uk have comprehensive information covering that. They've recognised that many businesses operate more than one type of workplace, such as an office, factory and fleet of vehicles, so there are 14 guides in total. Pick and mix the guides relevant to your business circumstances so you can take the necessary actions.  

Making your business Covid secure


Rapid COVID-19 testing (lateral flow) 

One in three people who have COVID-19 show no symptoms and can therefore spread it without knowing. Combatting COVID-19 requires us all to work together and that includes cooperating on measures to help contain the spread of the virus. 

Every adult in England is now able to book up to two lateral flow tests a week, in line with government guidelines, at one of Dorset's local test sites.

Regular, repeat testing is recommended to support people throughout the easing of lockdown and whilst vaccination is being rolled out. This will provide ongoing reassurance and, where positive cases are found, it helps break the chains of transmission.

Book your Rapid COVID-19 Tests through Public Health Dorset 


Communications Support for workplaces COVID-19 Variant of Concern Testing  

As the UK emerges from the Covid-19 pandemic, there's lots in the news about how spikes in new variants can affect the easing of restrictions. Should we face an outbreak in Dorset, would you know what to do for your business and most importantly how to protect your people?

Every business can put a plan in place.

The government has published comprehensive surge testing advice to help you prepare, should a new variant outbreak occur in Dorset.

Download the Guidance PDF 

Go to the full Gov.uk surge testing advice