Social distancing guidance for businesses

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Social distancing guidance for businesses

All essential businesses which remain open are urged to implement measures to ensure social distancing is maintained by staff and customers.

Social distancing - by staying 2 metres away from other people both indoors and outdoors - saves lives by helping reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Businesses are advised to review their risk assessments based on the most up to date information provided by the Public Health Agency and take appropriate action immediately if they haven’t already done so.

Following risk assessment, some businesses have chosen to adopt simple steps to protect customers and staff alike such as restricting the number of customers admitted at any time, supervising queues to ensure sufficient social distancing is maintained by customers,  displaying signage, introducing one way systems, increasing cleaning and disinfection regimes, providing gloves, providing cleaning and disinfectant sprays for customer use on basket/trolley handles, asking customers to pay by card and staff managed taped exclusion zones. 

It is up to each business to determine what action is necessary for them and ensure it is robustly implemented.

We all have a role to play to protect ourselves, employees, family, friends and the wider community including our health care workers at the frontline of our defence against coronavirus.

Click here for guidance to help employers, employees and the self-employed understand how to work safely during the coronavirus pandemic.