Whilst the reopening of retail settings is still, in the best-case scenario, over a month away it is very important for businesses to start making the required preparations. Over the past few months insurers have issued various guidance and assistance notes, from reactivation toolkits and things to consider when premises have been shut for a period of time, to the key elements involved in implementing COVID-19 safe systems of work and protection for employees and customers.

Here are some things business owners need to think about ahead of lockdown restrictions easing:

  1. Consult and follow recommended Government guidelines.
  2. How to implement and signpost social distancing requirements for staff and visitors to business premises.
  3. Utilise PPE, shielding, additional hand washing facilities and restricted access to keep everyone safe.
  4. Consider a contingency plan if employees display symptoms e.g temporarily suspend trading or conduct a deep clean.
  5. Ensure all employees are aware of any changes to the safe system of work and that changes are documented.
  6. If equipment/machinery has been idle for a period of time what needs to be done to ensure safe operation?
  7. Document additional staff re-training.

Useful guidance can be found on the Government Covid-19 website. https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus/business-support