BEIS ‘Working safely during coronavirus’: two new workplace guides and three guides updated

BEIS ‘Working safely during coronavirus’: two new workplace guides and three guides updated

Employment data-sf-ec-immutable="" analysis: The ’Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19)’ guidance published originally by BEIS has been expanded to include two extra work-type / workplace-specific guides and three of the existing guides, relating to close contact services, heritage locations and restaurants, pubs, bars and takeaway services, have been updated. These changes reflect the reopening of further types of ‘close contact’ businesses, outdoor swimming / water facilities and the lifting of the prohibition of outdoor performing arts events.

BEIS: Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19) (updated 9 July 2020)

’Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19)’ guidance was published originally on 11 May 2020 by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS). It is a suite of documents that look at different types of work and workplace and consider issues relating to maintaining the safety of workers in each.

Broadly, each work-type or workplace-specific guide deals with the following:

• what is meant by the workplace described

• thinking about risk

• who should go to work

• social distancing at work

• managing customers, visitors and contractors

• cleaning and sanitising the workplace

• personal protective equipment (PPE) and face coverings

• managing the workforce, and

• inbound and outbound goods

For further information, see our News analysis of 12 May: Coronavirus (COVID-19): government publishes eight guidance documents on making workplaces safe.

The numbers of work-type / workplace-specific guides provided has grown over time. Since 24 June 2020, there have been 12 guides (see News analysis: BEIS ‘Working safely during coronavirus’ guidance fully updated plus four new sectors):

• close contact services

• construction and other outdoor work

• factories, plants and warehouses

• heritage locations

• hotels and other guest accommodation

• labs and research facilities

• offices and contact centres

• other people's homes

• Restaurants, pubs, bars and takeaway services

• shops and branches

• vehicles

• the visitor economy

All 12 of these guides were updated on 3 July 2020 (see News analysis: BEIS ‘Working safely during coronavirus’: all 12 work sector guides updated again).

The most recent changes, on 9 July 2020, as set out below, have:

• added two extra work-type / workplace-specific guides, and

• made further updates to three existing guides

These changes reflect the government’s decisions that the following types of venue will be permitted to reopen (see these Cabinet Office documents, both updated on 9 July 2020: Closing certain businesses and venues in England and Coronavirus outbreak FAQs: what you can and can't do):

• the following businesses will be permitted in law to reopen from Saturday 11 July: outdoor swimming pools and outdoor water parks

• the following businesses will be permitted in law to reopen from Monday 13 July:

◦ spas

◦ nail bars and salons and beauty salons

◦ tanning booths and salons

◦ massage parlours

◦ tattoo parlours

◦ body and skin piercing services

Those Cabinet Office guidance documents also state that, from 25 July, “subject to assessment the evidence at the time regarding the rates of transmission, it is proposed that sports facilities and venues, such as indoor gyms, fitness and dance studios, indoor swimming pools and indoor water parks will be permitted to open”.

Two new guides

The two extra work-type / workplace-specific guides added on 9 July 2020 are:

• performing arts: this new guidance is to cater for the government’s decision that outdoor performances with social distancing can resume from July 11 (see Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport press release of 9 July: Performing Arts given green light to resume outdoors on July 11)

• providers of grassroots sport and gym/leisure facilities: this new guidance is to cater for the government’s decision that outdoor pools can reopen to the public from 11 July followed by indoor gyms, pools and leisure centres on 25 July (see Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport press release of 9 July: Government announces gyms and pools to reopen safely)

Updates to three guides

In summary, the three work-type / workplace-specific guides were updated as follows on 9 July 2020:

• close contact services: guidance updated to reflect fact that all close contact businesses can open from 13 July with some restrictions (adding tanning salons or booths, 'wellness businesses' and 'well-being locations' into the list of workplaces / work-types covered). It now details the services which cannot be offered (How to use this guidance), adds information on saunas, hot tubs and steam rooms (section 2.1), updates guidance on alternative treatments (section 2.1), clarifies that disabled parking bays should not be used for queuing (section 2.1) and adds further detail on ventilation (new section 2.2) (see further the BEIS press release of 9 July: Beauty salons set to reopen for some services next week under new government guidelines)

• heritage locations: guidance added re continuing prohibitions on live performances in front of a live audience, with outdoor performances allowed from 11 July, plus links through to related information in the new performing arts guide (see above)

• restaurants, pubs, bars and takeaway services: guidance added on entertainment permitted in venues (section 4.5) and fire risk assessments for repurposed spaces (section 4.8)

Track change documents

Three track changes documents in PDF format, illustrating the additions, moves and deletions that have occurred in the three updated guidance documents can be accessed here:

BEIS Working safely guidance on close contact services: track changes comparison between 3 July and 9 July versions

BEIS Working safely guidance on heritage locations: track changes comparison between 3 July and 9 July versions

BEIS Working safely guidance on restaurants, pubs, bars and takeaway services: track changes comparison between 3 July and 9 July versions

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