15th July 2021
Wales – First Minister, Mark Drakeford yesterday confirmed that the Country will move to alert level one on 17th July
One thing to note is:
- There is a specific requirement for employees to provide comprehensive information on the risks and mitigations identified in the COVID risk assessment with their employees.
He also said the Country will move to Alert Level Zero, effectively ending all the legal Covid restrictions on 7th August. The key relevant features of Alert Level Zero are;
- All businesses and premises will be able to reopen.
- Carrying out a coronavirus risk assessment will continue to be a legal requirement for businesses, employers and event organisers.
- Businesses, employers and other organisations will still be required to take reasonable measures to manage the risk of coronavirus at their premises.
- The reasonable measures to be taken, such as physical distancing and other controls, will be for each organisation to consider depending on the nature of the premises and the risks of exposure to coronavirus identified.
- People should continue to work from home wherever possible.
- Face covering will remain a legal requirement indoors in public places.
- The use of face coverings in the workplace should also be considered by businesses and employers as part of their coronavirus risk assessment.
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England – Updated Guidance for Businesses. The Government has updated the Primary Guidance for businesses in various tourism-related sectors. They have also added a preamble that applies to all the sectors which states:
From Step 4, legal restrictions can be lifted, all businesses can open and the government is no longer instructing people to work from home. To support businesses through this next phase, the ‘Working Safely’ guidance will continue to provide advice on sensible precautions employers can take to manage risk and support their staff and customers.
Businesses still have a legal duty to manage risks to those affected by their business. The way to do this is to carry out a health and safety risk assessment, including the risk of COVID-19, and to take reasonable steps to mitigate the risks you identify.
You should use the guidance to consider the risk within your premises and decide which mitigations are appropriate to adopt. In the long term, we expect that businesses will need to take fewer precautions to manage the risk of COVID-19. We will continue to keep our guidance under review and will remove advice once it’s safe to do so.
Here are the links to the guidance documents (please note that the previous ‘Visitor Economy’, ‘Organised Events’ and ‘Heritage Sites’ guidance has been consolidated into the new ‘Events and Attractions’ guidance).
- Events And Attractions
- Restaurants, Pubs, Bars and Nightclubs
- Shops, Branches and Close Contact Services