12th May 2020

The Government’s New Covid-19 Plan (as at 11 May 2020)

It is fair to say there is an overall acknowledgement in the Government’s plan found here that:

  1. COVID-19 is both here to stay; and
  2. businesses need to get prepared to work within the new COVID Secure guidelines to push forward when ready (whether you are able to trade from now, 1 June or 4 July onwards).

There is a lot to take on board. Our advice is not to rush, digest and plan . See our post about CIPD’s guide to ‘Returning to the Workplace after Covid-19’.

The big picture is that you must have a COVID secure business to operate safely.

The COVID Secure guidelines can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19

For the time being, certain businesses and venues are required by law to stay closed to the public.

These include:

  • restaurants and cafes, other than for takeaway
  • pubs, cinemas, theatres and nightclubs
  • clothing and electronics stores; hair, beauty and nail salons; and outdoor and indoor markets (not selling food)
  • libraries, community centres, and youth centres
  • indoor and outdoor leisure facilities such as bowling alleys, gyms, arcades and soft play facilities
  • some communal places within parks, such as playgrounds and outdoor gyms
  • places of worship (except for funerals)
  • hotels, hostels, bed and breakfasts, campsites, caravan parks, and boarding houses for commercial/leisure use, excluding use by those who live in them permanently, those who are unable to return home and critical workers where they need to for work

What can be open?

  • Food retailers and food markets, hardware stores, garden centres (from Wednesday 13 May) and certain other retailers can remain open (noting guidance on social distancing and COVID secure measures to be taken).
  • Other businesses can open (or remain if already open) and their employees can travel to work (noting guidance on public transport), where they cannot work from home provided that their place of employment is COVID secure.
  • From Wednesday 13 May, the government will also allow outdoor sports facilities – such as tennis and basketball courts, golf courses and bowling greens – to open (noting guidance on social distancing and COVID secure measures to be taken).

If you haven’t already reviewed the guidance, please make this your first port of call.

Our advice is to be mindful to the enormity of this change on your people. They are your greatest asset. This needs careful management, and empathy.

If you are new to Revel and are keen to find out more, please call our consultant Will Bolter FCCA MAAT ATT  (our designated COVID-19 response advisor) on 07379 451484 or contact us by email here.