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. 

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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 2 on 12 April.  

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, 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, 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. 

Public Health Dorset, on behalf of BCP Coucnil and Dorset Council, and with funding from the Department of Health and Social Care, has set up a Dorset Community Rapid Testing Service and is inviting local businesses to register.

They are offering weekly asymptomatic testing to employees of businesses, charities and voluntary organisations (employing fewer than 250 people), and the self-employed across Dorset who cannot work from home due to the nature of their role (at least once a week but ideally twice for a minimum of six weeks):

  • Any business, organisation, charity or voluntary organisation in Dorset, open under current COVID-19 government guidelines which employs fewer than 250 people
  • Self-employed
  • Unpaid carers
  • Students (resident in Dorset who need to test before returning to university)

Rapid COVID-19 testing for Dorset businesses