COVID-19: Guidance Tracker

COVID-19 Guidance Tracker

Introduction

The ‘COVID-19 Guidance Tracker’ is a new resource set up by the Regulatory team at Six Pump Court which is designed to enable businesses and legal professionals to more easily navigate to the applicable COVID-19 guidance that is most relevant to their area of work.

There has been a huge amount of important and helpful guidance released by government, international bodies, regulatory agencies and industry associations in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic over the last few weeks. However, much of that important guidance and advice is in disparate and diverse locations, and new guidance emerges rapidly on a daily basis.

As set out under the headings below, the Regulatory team at Six Pump Court have sought to sift, structure and assemble much of the most important emerging guidance applicable in England & Wales. This is the guidance which we consider is most likely apply to our clients, with links to the relevant webpages, documents and information.

We have organised these links by industry sectors and topics. We have done so with a view to assisting businesses and those from the legal profession in locating the material that is most relevant to their operations, so that they can better understand this fast-changing landscape. The Regulatory team aim to keep this reference guide up to date on a daily basis.

Members of Six Pump Court are available to give advice on COVID-19 related legal questions and can be contacted through the senior clerk Richard Constable on 020 7797 8403.

We would welcome any feedback from users, including details of links to other relevant and important emerging COVID-19 guidance.

Also please click here for our employment law news updates which deal with the key issues that arise in the workplace from the COVID-19 outbreak.

Please click on the links below to navigate to the different sections of this guidance.

Overarching Legislation and Guidance

Key COVID-19 Legislation

Key Overarching Guidance

Social Distancing

Vulnerable Individuals

Businesses and Workplaces (Guidance of General Application)

SECTOR SPECIFIC GUIDANCE

Agriculture

Cleaning Operations

Construction Industry

Education

Employment

Environment

Factories, Plants and Warehouses

Food Industry, Restaurants and Hospitality

Health and Social Care

Housing, Landlord and Tenant, Rented and Holiday Accommodation

Laboratories and Research Facilities

Offices and Contact Premises

Planning

PPE – Face Masks, Gloves and Other Protective Equipment

Residential Premises – Working in Residential Premises

RIDDOR Reporting of COVID-19

Shops and Retail Premises

Transport, including Freight, Public Transport and Use of Vehicles

Ventilation Systems

Key COVID-19 Legislation

Coronavirus Act 2020

England

The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020 – in force 26 March 2020

The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 – in force 22 April 2020

The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2020 – in force 13 May 2020

Wales

The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Business Closure) (Wales) Regulations 2020 – in force 21 March 2020

The Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (Wales) Regulations 2020, as amended

The Health Protection (Notification) (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2020

The Coronavirus Act 2020 (Commencement No. 1) (Wales) Regulations 2020

The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (Amendment) (Wales) Order 2020

Declaration of threat to public health in Wales due to coronavirus (Welsh Government, 29 March 2020)

Key Overarching Guidance

The UK Government has announced its strategy for returning to work. On the 11th May 2020 it released its “Our Plan to Rebuild” guidance in conjunction with its “Working Safely during Coronavirus” guidance which comprised 8 sector specific guidance documents for employers and employees working safely at work. On the same day the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (Amendment) (No.2) Regulations 2020 came into force. However, many other guidance documents exist in relation to other sectors and operations (as set out under some of the headings below).

England

Guidance Our plan to rebuild: The UK Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy (Cabinet Office, 11 May 2020)

Guidance Coronavirus outbreak FAQs: what you can and can’t do (Cabinet Office, 11 May 2020)

Stay at home: guidance for households with possible coronavirus (COVID-19) infection (Public Health England, 28 April 2020)

Wales

Welsh Government – General Guidance (Welsh Government, undated)

Coronavirus (COVID 19): closure of businesses and premises (Welsh Government, 12 May 2020)

Coronavirus (COVID-19) (Public Health Wales, undated)

World Health Organisation

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic (World Health Organisation, updated)

Social Distancing

England

Guidance Staying alert and safe (social distancing) (Cabinet Office, 11 May 2020)

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Staying at home and away from others (social distancing) WITHDRAWN (Cabinet Office, 1 May 2020 – NOW WITHDRAWN)

Wales

Staying at home and away from others guidance (Welsh Government, 12 May 2020)

Leaving home to exercise: guidance (Welsh Government, 11 May 2020)

Vulnerable Individuals

Guidance for households with grandparents, parents and children living together where someone is at increased risk or has symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) infection (Public Health England, 28 April 2020)

Guidance on shielding and protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable from COVID-19 (Public Health England, 5 May 2020)

COVID-19: guidance for young people on shielding and protecting people most likely to become unwell if they catch coronavirus (Public Health England, 5 May 2020)

Vulnerable people and those at high risk (Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service, 19 May 2020)

Businesses and Workplaces (Guidance of General Application)

England

COVID-19: returning to the workplace (CIPD, 18 May 2020)

Guidance Closing certain businesses and venues in England (Cabinet Office/Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, 13 May 2020)

Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19) (Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, 19 May 2020)

5 steps to working safely (Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, 19 May 2020)

Guidance for employers and businesses on coronavirus (COVID-19) (Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy/Public Health England, 19 May 2020)

Guidance to help employers, employees and the self-employed understand how to work safely during the coronavirus pandemic. (Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, 19 May 2020)

Wales

COVID-19 Support for Businesses (Business Wales, undated)

Taking all reasonable measures to maintain physical distancing in the workplace (Welsh Government, 12 May 2020)

Choosing the right gloves to protect skin: a guide for employers (Health & Safety Executive/ undated)

Other business and workplace guidance of general application

Getting your workplace ready for COVID-19 (World Health Organisation, 03 March 2020)

COVID-19: BACK TO THE WORKPLACE Adapting workplaces and protecting workers (European Agency for Health and Safety at Work, 24 April 2020)

Returning to the workplace (Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service, 19 May 2020)

If someone has coronavirus symptoms at work (Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service, 19 May 2020)

Talking with your workers about preventing coronavirus (Health & Safety Executive, 1 May 2020)

COVID-19 Example Workplace Risk Assessment Template (Health & Safety Executive Northern Ireland, 21 April 2020)

Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for employers and employees (Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service, 19 May 2020)

Preparing for the return to work outside the home (TUC, undated)

Sector Specific Guidance

Agriculture

Best practices to avoid the spread of coronavirus for seasonal workers on fruit and vegetable farms (Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board, 1 April 2020)

Cleaning Operations

Guidance COVID-19: Cleaning in non-Health and Social Care settings (Public Health England, 26 March 2020)

Construction Industry

Construction and other outdoor work (Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, 11 May 2020)

Construction Sector – Site Operating Procedures Protecting Your Workforce During Coronavirus (Covid-19) Version 4 (18 May 2020, Construction Leadership Council)

Education

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for educational settings (Department for Education/Public Health England, 7 April 2020)

Coronavirus (COVID-19): implementing protective measures in education and childcare settings (Department for Education, 12 May 2020)

Employment

Disciplinary and grievance procedures during the coronavirus pandemic (Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service, 19 May 2020)

Environment

COVID-19 regulatory position statements (Environment Agency, 4 May 2020)

Environment Agency regulatory response to coronavirus (Environment Agency, 28 April 2020)

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Office of Nuclear Regulation Position (Office of Nuclear Regulation, 23 April 2020)

Coronavirus – guidance on implications for Natural England’s development management advice and wildlife licensing (Natural England, 22 March 2020)

Forestry Commission operational update: coronavirus (Forestry Commission, 27 April 2020)

Protecting Wales’ environment during the COVID-19 crisis (Natural Resources Wales, 27 April 2020)

Our response to the Coronavirus pandemic (Natural Resources Wales, 18 May 2020)

Public rights of way and access to land (coronavirus): guidance for landowners (Natural Resources Wales, 7 April 2020)

Food Industry, Restaurants and Hospitality

Adapting food manufacturing operations during COVID-19 (Food Standards Agency, 13 May 2020)

Restaurants offering takeaway or delivery: Guidance for people who work in or run restaurants offering takeaway or delivery services (Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, 19 May 2020)

Guidance for food businesses on coronavirus (COVID-19) (Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs /Food Standards Agency/Public Health England, 18 May 2020)

COVID-19 and food safety: guidance for food businesses (World Health Organisation, 7 April 2020)

Factories, Plants and Warehouses

Factories, plants and warehouses: Guidance for people who work in or run factories, plants and warehouses (Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, 11 May 2020)

Health and Social Care

Coronavirus guidance for clinicians and NHS managers (NHS, various dates)

Coronavirus (COVID-19): changes to the Care Act 2014 (Department of Health and Social Care, 1 April 2020)

Guidance Coronavirus (COVID-19): providing unpaid care (Department of Health and Social Care, 8 April 2020)

COVID-19: guidance for commissioners and providers of services for people who use drugs or alcohol (Public Health England/Department of Health and Social Care, 15 April 2020)

Policy paper COVID-19: our action plan for adult social care (Department of Health and Social Care, 16 April 2020)

Policy paper COVID-19: our action plan for adult social care (Department of Health and Social Care, 16 April 2020)

Coronavirus (COVID-19): admission and care of people in care homes (Department of Health and Social Care/CQC/Public Health England/NHealth & Safety Executive, 20 April 2020)

COVID-19: guidance for taking swab samples (Public Health England, 23 April 2020)

COVID-19: guidance for stepdown of infection control precautions within hospitals and discharging COVID-19 patients from hospital to home settings (Public Health England, 23 April 2020)

Guidance COVID-19: providing unpaid care to adults with learning disabilities and autistic adults (Department of Health and Social Care, 24 April 2020)

COVID-19: investigation and initial clinical management of possible cases (Public Health England, 27 April 2020)

COVID-19: how to work safely in care homes (Department of Health and Social Care, 27 April 2020)

COVID-19: how to work safely in domiciliary care in England (Public Health England, 30 April 2020)

COVID-19: infection prevention and control (IPC) (Public Health England, 3 May 2020)

COVID-19: management of exposed healthcare workers and patients in healthcare settings (Public Health England, 6 May 2020)

COVID-19: guidance for first responders (Public Health England, 9 May 2020)

Coronavirus (COVID-19): hospital discharge service requirements (Department of Health and Social Care, 13 May 2020)    

COVID-19: background information (Public Health England, 13 May 2020)

COVID-19: guidance for sampling and for diagnostic laboratories (Public Health England, 14 May 2020)

COVID-19: guidance for Ambulance Trusts (Public Health England, 14 May 2020)

Coronavirus Act: guidance on excess death provisions (Welsh Government, 29 March 2020)

Latest information on Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) (Care Inspectorate Wales, undated)

Housing, Landlord and Tenant, Rented and Holiday Accommodation

COVID-19 and renting: guidance for landlords, tenants and local authorities (Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, 28 March 2020)

Guidance for holiday accommodation owners: coronavirus (Welsh Government, 8 April 2020)

Operational considerations for COVID-19 management in the accommodation sector (World Health Organisation, 31 March 2020)

Laboratories and Research Facilities

Labs and research facilities: Guidance for people who work in or run indoor labs and research facilities and similar environments (Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, 11 May 2020)

Offices and Contact Premises

Offices and contact centres: Guidance for people who work in or run offices, contact centres and similar indoor environments (Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, 11 May 2020)

Planning

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Planning Inspectorate guidance – updated 18 May 2020 (PINS, 18 May 2020)

Planning Appeals, Rights of Way and Commons Act 2006 – site visits, hearings and inquiries (PINS, 13 May 2020)

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Local Plan Examinations (Planning Inspectorate, 13 May 2020)

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Community Infrastructure Levy Guidance (MHCLG, 13 May 2020)

Local Development Plan Preparation – Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) (Welsh Government PINS, 18 March 2020)

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Planning Inspectorate Wales Update (Welsh Government PINS, 29 April 2020)

PPE – Face Masks, Gloves and Other Protective Equipment

Fit testing face masks to avoid transmission during the coronavirus outbreak (Health & Safety Executive, undated)

Fit testing face masks to avoid transmission during the coronavirus outbreak (Health & Safety Executive, undated)

COVID-19: Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Plan (Department of Health and Social Care, 10 April 2020)

Choosing the right gloves to protect skin: a guide for employers (Health & Safety Executive, undated)

COVID-19: Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Plan (Department of Health and Social Care, 10 April 2020)

COVID-19: personal protective equipment use for aerosol generating procedures (Public Health England, 10 April 2020)

Residential Premises – Working in Residential Premises

Other people’s homes: Guidance for people working in, visiting or delivering to other people’s homes (Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, 11 May 2020)

RIDDOR Reporting of COVID-19

RIDDOR reporting of COVID-19 (Health & Safety Executive, undated)

Reporting cases of COVID-19 to persons at work (Health & Safety Executive Northern Ireland, undated)

Shops and Retail Premises

Shops and branches: Guidance for people who work in or run shops, branches, stores or similar environments (Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, 11 May 2020)

Transport, including Freight, Public Transport and Use of Vehicles

COVID-19: advice for the freight transport industry (Department for Transport/Foreign & Commonwealth Office, 17 March 2020)

Vehicles: Vehicles Guidance for people who work in or from vehicles, including couriers, mobile workers, lorry drivers, on-site transit and work vehicles, field forces and similar (Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, 11 May 2020)

Coronavirus (COVID-19): transport and travel guidance (Department for Transport/Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency, 12 May 2020)

Coronavirus (COVID-19): safer transport guidance for operators (Department for Transport, 12 May 2020)

Coronavirus (COVID-19): UK transport and travel advice (Department for Transport/Public Health England, 12 May 2020)

COVID-19 Resources (Driving for Better Business, undated)

Ventilation Systems

General REHVA guidance page (Federation of European Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning associations (REHVA), 3 April 2020)

How to operate and use building services in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) virus (SARS-CoV-2) in workplaces (Federation of European Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning associations (REHVA), 3 April 2020)

REHVA’s List of Supporting Literature – COVID-19 guidance document (Federation of European Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning associations (REHVA), 3 April 2020)