Last reviewed 14 April 2020

There have been numerous examples in recent weeks of key workers from a range of sectors querying how they can carry on their work while still trying to follow the instructions issued by Ministers and health officials with regard to preventing the spread of infection.

Public Health England (PHE) has now published a list of tailored advice for different scenarios as an example of how social distancing and other measures might be implemented by employers to help protect their workforce and customers from coronavirus while still continuing to trade.

The Department for Transport (DfT) has urged operators in their sector to consult the sections devoted to public transport and logistics businesses.

Both available at GOV.UK, they recognise that, while social distancing should be maintained where possible, on many forms of transport, staff will not always be able to stay two metres away from each other or passengers.

In these circumstances, staff should minimise how long such periods are and avoid face-to-face contact with other staff or passengers.

If workers have to share enclosed spaces such as the cabs of vehicles, PHE suggests, they should keep the window open for ventilation and should be careful to avoid touching their face at all times.

On leaving the enclosed space, they should wash their hands with soap and water for 20 seconds or more or use hand sanitiser when they cannot wash their hands.

“You should remind all customers that they should only travel when essential, such as travelling to work when they cannot work from home, and that when they do so they should also remain two metres apart where possible,” the guidance states.

The use of signage should be considered, floor markings for example, to signal two metre intervals to facilitate social distancing in warehouses and between passengers while transiting through transport hubs and on public transport.