COVID-19: Support for Employers and Employees

Helping you re-open your business safely

How do I get started?

You must minimise the risk of transmission of the virus and adopt Covid-19 secure practices. To do this you must follow the five steps to working safely:

  1. Carry out a COVID-19 risk assessment
  2. Develop cleaning, handwashing and hygiene procedures
  3. Help people to work from home, where this is possible
  4. Maintain 2m social distancing, where possible
  5. Where people cannot be 2m apart, manage transmission risk

Further information on the five steps can be found on the Gov.uk website.

Once you have completed these steps you can print off, complete and display the Staying COVID-19 Secure in 2020 poster to help provide reassurance to customers and staff.

Download our Social Distancing posters to use in your business.

Where can I find specific guidance to assist me?

Always use Government guidance to make sure you are meeting your legal obligations. Guidance for working safely during the Coronavirus pandemic is available for different types of work:

The guidance will assist you in undertaking a COVID-19 risk assessment and putting appropriate controls in place to minimise the risk of transmission. You may need to refer to more than one of these guides to cover all aspects of your business.

These guides will be kept updated and the Government will publish additional guides as and when other businesses are able to reopen. If your business activity is not currently included you can check for future guidance on the Gov.uk website.

Guidance on maintaining customer, staff, and visitor logs:

The sectors in scope for this guidance include:

  • hospitality, including pubs, bars, restaurants and cafés
  • tourism and leisure, including hotels, museums, cinemas, zoos and theme parks
  • close contact services, including hairdressers, barbershops and tailors

Covid risk assessment

Other useful guidance

If your building has been closed for any length of time, water system stagnation can occur due to lack of use, increasing the risks of Legionnaires’ disease.

Scams to businesses

Since early March, there has been a flood of scams targeting UK businesses. They range from Government grant/tax refund scams to Tech support scams. If your business has been targeted by a Covid-19 scam see the Businesses against Scams website.

Diversification of businesses

As a result of the impact Covid-19 has had on businesses many are exploring diversifying their business model to adapt to ‘the new normal’. To help your business comply, see this free expert guide on business diversification during the pandemic.

If your premises are authorised under the Licensing Act 2003, you must comply with your licence and the conditions on it. Any change to your activities may require a variation application. Additional seating for patrons on the highway will require a separate licence, issued by Northamptonshire County Council. If you have any queries please email us at licensing.snc@westnorthants.gov.uk