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Going to the Workplace during Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Acas has updated this guidance, which points out that the governments of Scotland and Wales have asked people to continue to work from home where possible. In England, the government has recommended a gradual return to workplaces.

It covers the following areas:

  • Planning to return to the workplace.

  • Keeping the workplace safe.

  • Talking to staff about workplace changes.

  • If staff are worried about going to the workplace.

  • People at high risk from COVID-19.

  • If someone at work has COVID-19.

  • Returning to work after being off sick with COVID-19.

For those workplaces that are open, employers are advised to:

  • Follow government advice.

  • Wear face coverings where required (unless exempt).

  • Social distance where possible.

  • Keep the workplace clean and well ventilated.

By law, employers have a 'duty of care' for staff, customers and anyone else who visits the workplace.

Employers must:

  • Do all they reasonably can to protect the health, safety and wellbeing of people at work.

  • Complete a risk assessment, and take reasonable steps to prevent harm.

  • Consult staff on any decisions that involve health and safety.

Employers and employees also have responsibilities for health, safety and wellbeing when staff are working remotely, for example working from home.

The guidance is available here.

Acas October 2021

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