COVID-19: Importance of maintaining safety and environmental standards

Monday 30th March 2020

Under the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions)(England) Regulations 2020 no one may leave their home without a reasonable excuse during the emergency period.  However, a reasonable excuse includes travel for the purposes of work, where it is not possible for that person to work from home.

Businesses and organisations who can legally continue to operate need to be able to do so without further disruption.

As the police can issue fixed penalty notices and even prosecute repeat offenders for leaving their home without a reasonable excuse, you should consider issuing your essential staff with a letter confirming this to be the case along with the basis upon which your business can lawfully continue to operate.

The Government’s first review of the restrictions, and others, will take place on or before 16th April 2020.

If you have any questions or would like advice on these restrictions or your businesses obligations please visit our Regulatory & Compliance page.