Social distancing measures are steps you can take to reduce social interaction between people. This will help reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19). They include things like keeping 2 metres away from people outside of your household (while wearing a face covering) in addition to washing your hands as mentioned in previous sections of the guidance.
If you cannot work from home then you can still travel to work, provided you are well and neither you nor any of your household is self-isolating. This is consistent with advice from the Chief Medical Officer.
Employers who have people in their offices or onsite should ensure that employees are able to follow Public Health England guidelines including, where possible, maintaining a 2- metre distance from others, and washing their hands with soap and water often for at least 20 seconds (or using hand sanitiser gel if soap and water is not available).
Some examples of how to ensure social distance in the workplace include:
Businesses have a key role to play in displaying advice and guidance during this time. You can access a suite of posters and leaflets which can be downloaded and printed.
You can also download this information as a PDF to print. The information in this document is correct as of 2 April 2020.
Government guidelines may change, and the links should be used to ensure that you are following up-to-date requirements. For further advice or clarification please contact Sue Frossell, Consultant in Public Health.
Acknowledgement: many thanks to Warwickshire County Council for sharing their work in this area with us.