COVID-19: Safe opening for business and risk assessments

21/05/2020

The Government has published its safe exit framework which specifies the public health and social measures to be taken at each level as the Government seeks to lift the restrictions as safely as possible.

Some retail and hospitality businesses have already started to open but from today, Thursday 21st May, the safe exit strategy allows indoor workplaces such as offices, warehouses, manufacturing and workshops to open if it is essential to their operation to do so. If, however, it is not essential and/or home-working can continue, employees should not be asked to return to the workplace whilst the Island is still at Level 3 of the safe exit framework.

Go to our Safe Exit for Business page for further guidance under the section: Offices, warehouses and workshops.

Before opening, all businesses must undertake a risk assessment to decide on the measure it will take to operate its premises safely. This should be in place before people return to work. A risk assessment template and guidelines for different work scenarios can be found here.

Finally the deadline for applications to the Payroll co-funding scheme for support for April wage costs is looming. Applications will close on Friday 29th May so if you are eligible and haven’t made you claim, you will find all the information and a link to the form here.

As ever, keep looking at our website www.jerseybusiness.je/coronavirus which is being constantly updated with information and guides.

Stay safe and best wishes,

The Jersey Business Team

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