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New step by step guidelines to help shop owners and employees work safely during coronavirus are now available.

Advice is available on social distancing, managing customers, cleaning, personal protective equipment and handling inbound and outbound goods.

The new document has been prepared by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) with input from firms, unions, industry bodies and the devolved administrations in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, and in consultation with Public Health England (PHE) and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

In its introduction, BEIS said: “This document is to help employers, employees and the self-employed in the UK understand how to work safely during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, keeping as many people as possible 2 metres apart from those they do not live with. We hope it gives you freedom within a practical framework to think about what you need to do to continue, or restart, operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. We understand how important it is that you can work safely and support your employees’ health and wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

This new guidance can be downloaded at:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/shops-and-branches

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