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Coronavirus (COVID-19): social distancing in non-healthcare public services

Advice for organisations and their staff working in non-healthcare public services.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): social distancing in non-healthcare public services
Recommendations for public services as employers

Recommendations for public services as employers

Social distancing measures are for everyone, including public services. We should all be trying to reduce social interaction between people in order to reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). View the guidance on social distancing on NHS inform.

In this public health crisis it is vital that all public services act responsibly and align with the social distancing measures introduced to protect the nation’s health, well-being and economic future. We recognise that in some areas of work social distancing will be more challenging to implement fully.

All public service premises, sites and attractions should now be closed unless:

  • essential to the health and welfare of the country during this crisis (as defined below) or
  • supporting (or being repurposed to support) essential services or
  • capable of working in a way which is consistent with established social distancing advice or
  • wider public health, health and safety or other considerations apply and require a facility or service to continue to operate  for a specific period of time for a safe shutdown process to be completed