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Golden rules for business at Alert Level 2

Golden rules for business at Alert Level 2

Posted May 11, 2020
Business , Health

Golden rules for business at Alert Level 2

Do everything you can to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission at work — we all have a part to play in keeping each other safe.

1. COVID-19 is still out there. Play it safe.

2. All businesses can operate if they can do so safely.Alternative ways of working are still encouraged wherepossible.

3. Talk with your workers to identify risks and ways tomanage them.

4. Ask everyone, workers, contractors and customers, withcold or flu-like symptoms to stay away from yourpremises.

5. Keep groups of customers 1 metre apart.

6. Keep contact-tracing records of anyone who will haveclose interaction (workers, contractors or customers).

7. Reduce the number of shared surfaces, and regularlydisinfect them.

8. Wash your hands. Wash your hands. Wash your hands.

Guidelines for all businesses
At all alert levels, businesses need to meet all public health guidelines. These include the following, although they may change over time:
Once we move to Alert Level 2, businesses are still encouraged to use alternative ways of working where possible. The aim is to reduce levels of people movement and interaction.
For example, a business could use staggered shifts to reduce the amount of interpersonal interaction between workers on premises.
The key public health requirements stay the same at Alert Level 2.
Businesses should maintain hygiene measures, including physical distancing, hand washing and regularly cleaning surfaces.
All businesses are encouraged to use alternative ways of working if possible. This means businesses that don’t normally have customers on their premises could continue to have staff work from home.
If workers are sick with symptoms of COVID-19, they should stay home.

Questions and answers for all businesses
What physical distancing measures should my workplace have in place under Alert Level 2:

At Alert Level 2 businesses can have customers on their premises if they can meet public health requirements. This means businesses should:

• have good contact registers, or contact tracing records, inplace to record everyone who you interact with on yourpremises

• maintain physical distancing of one metre betweengroups of customers, or two metres if not possible tokeep contact tracing records

• not have groups larger than 10 people

• maintain a two-hour time limit for groups to be on yourpremises.Services can also be provided on customers’ premises, for example, cleaning and home help.

This means that most businesses can open their premises to the public, including:
• cafes, restaurants, and bars for dining
• hardware, gardening, and clothing retailers
• butchers, bakeries, and fishmongers.

Hospitality businesses should keep groups seated, separated, and use a single server if possible. This means each group has one server, though servers can each serve more than one table.

What are some “alternative ways of working” businesses can use?
Alternative ways of working could include remote working, shift-based working to limit the number of people on site, staggering meal breaks, or flexible work arrangements. If this involves changes to contracted hours or conditions, this should be mutually agreed and negotiated in good faith.