We have inspected our building and reviewed our work activities but we cannot guarantee employees will be at least 1m apart at all times, as set out in social distancing requirements. Can we still open the workplace?

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We have inspected our building and reviewed our work activities but we cannot guarantee employees will be at least 1m apart at all times, as set out in social distancing requirements. Can we still open the workplace?

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The current official advice is to try for 2 metres in terms of social distancing, but where this is not possible, the “1 metre plus” rule applies. This means staying 1 metre apart, plus using mitigation measures which reduce the risk of transmission, such as avoiding face-to-face working.

Social distancing is one of the risk control measures noted in a hierarchy detailed in the UK Government’s guidance. Where social distancing is not always possible, it does not necessarily mean the workplace (or parts of a workplace) cannot be opened.

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