Check out our Covid-19 business advice.

Social distancing: what you need to do

To stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), you should avoid close contact with anyone you do not live with.

Use face mask
Use face mask
when wearing a face covering, avoid touching your face or face covering, as you could contaminate them with germs from your hands
Avoid handshakes
Avoid handshakes
Try not to shake hands with other people as much as possible. If a hand shake is unavoidable, then sanitise your hands immediately after it.
Wash your hands
Wash your hands
Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitiser before putting a face covering on, and before and after removing it

Coming to work and leaving work

Stagger arrival and departure times at work. This will cut crowding in and out of the workplace. Take into account the impact on people with protected characteristics.
Provide extra parking or facilities such as bike-racks. This will help people walk, run, or cycle to work.
Limit passengers in corporate vehicles. For example, work minibuses. This could include leaving seats empty.
Reduce congestion. For example, create more entry points to your workplace.

Moving around buildings and worksites

Reduce movement by discouraging non-essential trips within buildings and sites. For example, restrict access to some areas. Encourage people to use radios or telephones or other electronic devices where permitted. Clean them between uses.
Restrict access between different areas of a building or site.
Reduce job and location rotation.
Introduce more one-way flow through buildings.

Workplaces and workstations

Review layouts and processes to allow people to work further apart from each other.
Use floor tape or paint to mark areas to help people comply with social distancing guidelines. These are 2m, or 1m+ with risk mitigation where 2m is not viable.
Arrange people to work side by side or facing away from each other rather than face-to-face. Only do this where you cannot move workstations further apart.
Use screens to separate people from each other. Only do this where you cannot move workstations further apart.


Use remote working tools to avoid in-person meetings.
Ensure participants physically attend meetings only where reasonably necessary. They should maintain social distancing guidelines. These are 2m, or 1m+ with risk mitigation where 2m is not viable.
Avoid transmission during meetings caused by sharing objects. For example, pens and documents.
Provide hand sanitiser in meeting rooms.

Common areas

Work collaboratively with landlords and other tenants in multi-tenant sites/buildings, to ensure consistency across common areas. For example, receptions and staircases.
Stagger break times to reduce pressure on break rooms or places to eat. Ensure social distancing is maintained in staff break rooms.
Use safe outside areas for breaks.
Create extra space by using other parts of the workplace or building that have been freed up by remote working.

Accidents, security and other incidents

Review your incident and emergency procedures. Ensure they reflect social distancing principles as far as possible.
Consider the possible security implications when you’re thinking of changing how you work in response to COVID-19. Your changes may present new or altered security risks. These risks may need mitigations.
For organisations who conduct physical searches of people, consider how to ensure safety of those conducting searches while maintaining security standards.