The first step is a minor easing of some lockdown restrictions. A summary of the main points for businesses in the short term are:
This step will see a further easing of the lockdown across the UK to be implemented when conditions permit – no earlier than June 1st 2020.
The main changes in step 2 are expected to be around the re-opening of schools in a phased return – reception, year 1, and year 6 will be the first to return. The Government are also aiming for years 10 and 12 to receive some classroom teaching before the summer holidays and to return the remaining primary school children before the summer.
Step 2 also includes the potential re-opening of non-essential retail where it is safe to do so, and dependent on those businesses being able to follow the new COVID-19 secure guidelines.
The Government will also look to permit sporting and cultural events to take place behind closed doors for broadcast. Local transport and an increase in family or social contact is to be expected during this phase.
This step will see additional measures reduced if conditions allow – no earlier than 4th July 2020.
This step is expected to see some of the remaining non-essential businesses who have been required to close re-opened. Expected sectors include personal care, hospitality, public places, and leisure facilities.
The new Government guidance around working safely during the pandemic has been released. For those businesses that are currently permitted to open there are 5 steps that must be followed to ensure employee wellbeing in the workplace.