Working Safely During Coronavirus

9 out of 10 U.K. citizens supported lockdown restrictions in March. Now that it's May, only about 38% still support coronavirus restrictions.

Frustration over the situation is clear At the same time, businesses have a duty to keep employees and customers safe.

If you're opening your doors, you're likely wondering how to stay safe and compliant. Read on to learn everything you need to know about working safely during coronavirus.

What You Need to Know About Stage 2 Restrictions

You already know that the global economy was all but halted as a result of the pandemic Now that we're weeks into the crisis, many governments are lightening restrictions The U.K. is no different.

Starting on June 1st, we'll be entering into phase two of Boris Johnson's plan Phase two seeks to delay the spread of Covid-19 Here's what you need to know about these restrictions:

  • Those with symptoms must stay home for seven days
  • Workplaces must be safe for staff
  • Individuals using public transportation should use masks
  • Public school will resume
  • Non-essential retailers can open by mid-June
  • Pubs, hotels, and other establishments will remain closed

If you're a business owner, then it's crucial that you adhere to these rules A failure to comply could mean the permanent closure of your establishment.

How to Remain Compliant with Safety Restrictions

Businesses that are opening have a duty to protect staff and customers Here are a few ways businesses in the U.K. are remaining compliant:

  • Using one-way systems
  • Providing employees with personal protective equipment
  • 2m queues
  • Use of plastic screens between cashiers and shoppers
  • Encouraging proper hygiene
  • Encouraging customers to use PPE and social distancing measures
  • Restricting some toilets
  • Using separate entrances and exits
  • Encouraging cashless payments
  • Increasing cleaning standards
  • Staggered work breaks

These measures may seem easy to achieve, but that doesn't appear to be the case.

One in ten businesses feel they can't adhere to safety measures right now.

Is This the New Normal?

Once the globe begins to re-open, we can't expect everything to return to how it was before The Prime Minister agrees that it won't be a "case of flicking a switch."

Instead, citizens will have to get used to the new normal.

It's likely that social distancing measures, fever monitoring, and business restrictions will remain It's unclear if or when these will ever get lifted.

That means you and your business need to stay up-to-date with the current restrictions If you attempt business as usual, then it's likely you'll receive fines. You could even have your doors closed for good.

Working Safely During Coronavirus and Beyond

Working safely during coronavirus is harder than you'd think. Businesses are struggling to remain compliant Frustrated customers are refusing to adhere to social distancing measures The government is scrambling to come up with solutions.

Among all that, news stations are telling us that this is our 'new normal.' Are coronavirus restrictions here to stay?

If your business is struggling to remain compliant, then you don't have time to wait for them to get lifted. Contact our business advisers now to get started on a solution that works for you.

How KG Accountants can help

  • Help and assist you to fully comply with the government guidelines on managing the risk of Covid19.
  • Forecasting – both for your own planning and for the business loan applications.
  • Help prepare simple cash flow monitoring tool to ensure your road to recovery is as smooth as possible.
  • How to set up a payment plan with HMRC.
  • Businesses who have negotiated a rent holiday.
  • Our regular blog on how you can get funding during this pandemic.
  • Everything you need to know on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) and furloughing.
  • Managing your personal finances – our financial planning team’s top tips.
  • If there’s anything else you need help with not listed above, please ask, and we’ll find a way.

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