As we get back to work we require the development of new safety guidelines that set out how each type of physical space can be adapted to operate safely. The Government has been consulting relevant sectors, industry bodies, local authorities, trades unions, the Health and Safety Executive, and Public Health England on their development and will release them this week.
These new safety guidelines will include measures that were unlikely to be effective when the virus was so widespread, but that may now have some effect as the public increase the number of social contacts - including, for example, advising the use of face coverings in enclosed public areas such as on public transport and introducing stricter restrictions on international travellers.
Many businesses across the UK have already been highly innovative in developing new, durable ways of doing business, such as moving online or adapting to a delivery model. We have learnt to interpret the guidelines to ensure we remain safe in our work and home environments. With discussion with our local authorities we can look at returning to work ensuring the strict compliance with social distancing regulations.
The Government will need to continue to ask all employers and operators of communal spaces to be innovative in developing novel approaches; UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) will welcome grant applications for proposals to develop new technologies and approaches that help the UK mitigate the impact of this virus.
As the scientists learn more about this virus and we adapt to the strange new world emerging it is still vitally important to Stay Alert, Control the Virus and continue to Save lives. Please stay informed and up to date with all the latest advice at https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus, remembering that advice is starting to differ between England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Find the full guideline document here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/our-plan-to-rebuild-the-uk-governments-covid-19-recovery-strategy/our-plan-to-rebuild-the-uk-governments-covid-19-recovery-strategy