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Current Regulations and Restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic

Find out more about the latest regulations and restrictions in Northern Ireland on the NI Direct website.  


Working Safely in Different Business Settings

Guidance to help employers, employees and the self-employed understand how to work safely during the coronavirus pandemic.  Please note, this guidance should be read in conjunction with the current rgulations and restructions as mentioend above. The government, in consultation with industry, has produced guidance on how to work safely in different types of workplace. It aims to provide a practical framework for businesses who need to think about continuing or restarting, operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Some of the listed sector guidance has been produced for businesses in England but includes general best practice advice that will highlight practical actions relevant businesses can take. Where there are regulations, companies in Northern Ireland must always comply with the rules applicable to them.  In addition to these guides for practical advice, local businesses can also refer to the Guide to making workplaces safer and priority sector list and Workplace safety guidelines and social distancing.  Many businesses operate more than one type of workplace, such as an office, factory and fleet of vehicles. You may need to use more than one of these guides as you think through what you need to do to keep people safe.

  • Close contact services - Guidance for people who provide close contact services, including hairdressers, barbers, beauticians, tattooists, sports and massage therapists, dress fitters, tailors and fashion designers as well as those providing mobile close contact services from their homes or in other people's homes.
  • Construction and other outdoor work - Guidance for people who work in or run outdoor working environments.
  • Factories, plants and warehouses - Guidance for people who work in or run factories, plants and warehouses.
  • Food businesses - Guidance for food businesses on food hygiene, food packaging, cleaning and waste disposal and managing employee sickness.
  • Food businesses and social distancing - Food Standards Agency guidance for managing social distancing in specific food business settings.
  • Heritage locations - Guidance for people who work or volunteer in heritage locations.
  • Hotels and other guest accommodation - Guidance for people who work in or run hotels and other guest accommodation.
  • Hotels and tourist accommodation - Tourism NI guidance for hotels, self-catering, B&Bs, guesthouses, caravan parks and other types of accommodation.
  • Labs and research facilities - Guidance for people who work in or run indoor labs and research facilities and similar environments.
  • Offices and contact centres - Guidance for people who work in or run offices, contact centres and similar indoor environments.
  • Other people's homes - Guidance for people working in, visiting or delivering to other people's homes.
  • Performing arts - Guidance for people who work in performing arts, including arts organisations, venue operators and participants.
  • Providers of grassroots sport and gym/leisure facilities - Guidance for people who work in grassroots sport and gym/leisure facilities.
  • Public transport operators - Department for Infrastructure guidance to help public transport operators provide safer workplaces and services for themselves, their staff and passengers.
  • Restaurants offering takeaway or delivery - Guidance for people who work in or run restaurants offering takeaway or delivery services.
  • Restaurants, pubs, bars and food services - Tourism NI guidance for people who work in or run restaurants, pubs, bars, cafés, mobile catering or catering services.
  • Shops and branches - Guidance for people who work in or run shops, branches, stores or similar environments.
  • Vehicles - Guidance for people who work in or from vehicles, including couriers, mobile workers, lorry drivers, on-site transit and work vehicles, field forces and similar.
  • Sport, leisure and recreation - Department for Communities guidance for sport and leisure facility owners/operators.
  • The visitor economy - Tourism NI guidance for business owners, operators and workers in hotels and guest accommodation, indoor and outdoor attractions, business events and consumer shows, and hospitality businesses.


COVID-19 Information Posters

There are posters with messages about social distancing which you can download for use in different settings..  These can be found HERE

Still Need Help with Health and Safety Matters?

If you are unable to find the relevant guidance for your business, after you have checked the links above, you may wish to email 

Letter to Hospitality Sector from Health & Safety Team: 20th Oct 2020