Business Advice – Working safely

  • June 2020 - update on shops and businesses reopening

    The Government has announced that from June 1, car showrooms and markets can reopen, a list of other shops that are due to reopen on June 15 can be found here.

    On June 15, the following shops and businesses are allowed to open

    • Food retailers
    • Chemists
    • Hardware/homeware stores
    • Fashion shops
    • Charity shops
    • Betting shops and arcades
    • Tailors, dress fitters and fashion designers
    • Car dealerships
    • Auction houses
    • Antique stores
    • Retail art galleries
    • Photography studios
    • Gift shops and retail spaces in theatres, museums, libraries, heritage sites and tourism sites
    • Mobile phone stores
    • Indoor and outdoor markets
    • Craft fairs
    • Similar types of retail


Covid-19 – Working safely

  • Covid-19 – Working safely

    The council has created advice sheets to help businesses implement social distancing policies to keep their workers and customers safe. You can find these on the right hand side of the page for the following retailers:

    • Small food retailers
    • Market traders
    • Takeaways
    • Ice cream vendors
    • Home caterers
    • Food businesses

    New government guidance to help get us safely back to work

    The UK government, in consultation with industry, has released its ‘COVID-19 secure’ guidance to help ensure workplaces are as safe as possible. This sets out practical steps for businesses focused on five key points, which should be implemented as soon as it is practical:

    • Work from home, if you can
    • Carry out a COVID-19 risk assessment, in consultation with workers or trade unions
    • Maintain two metres social distancing, wherever possible
    • Where people cannot be two metres apart, manage transmission
    • Reinforcing cleaning processes

    The eight guides cover a range of different types of work. Many businesses operate more than one type of workplace, such as an office, factory and fleet of vehicles. You may need to use more than one of these guides as you think through what you need to do to keep employees safe.

    Construction and other outdoor work

    Guidance for people who work in or run outdoor working environments is available here.

    Factories, plants and warehouses

    Guidance for people who work in or run factories, plants and warehouses is available here.


    Guidance for people working in, visiting or delivering to home environments as well as their employers is available here.

    Labs and research facilities

    Guidance for people who work in or run indoor labs and research facilities and similar is available here.

    Offices and contact centres

    Guidance for people who work in or run offices, contact centres and similar indoor environments is available here.

    Restaurants offering takeaway or delivery

    Guidance for people who work in or run restaurants offering takeaway or delivery services is available here.

    Shops and branches

    Guidance for people who work in or run shops, branches, stores or similar environments is available here.


    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 is available here.


  • Advice for local businesses - national closure guidance

    As of 23 March the Government stepped up measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, requiring non-essential premises to close. Local authorities have been asked by government to ensure that the social settings which have been asked to shut (for example pubs, cinemas, theatres, and other places of social gathering) are fully enforcing these public health guidelines.

    All businesses and venues outlined here must not open to the public.Takeaway and delivery services may remain open and operational in line with guidelines on working safely and further advice for food businesses can be found here. Online retail and click and collect services may continue.

    Employers who have people in their offices or onsite are advised to ensure that employees are able to follow the government’s guidelines on working safely.

    Advice on government compensation and support for businesses can be found here.

  • Can I change my food business into a takeaway operation?

    Winchester City Council is working hard to support local businesses over this unprecedented period – many food businesses for example, have made changes to offer customers a takeaway option. For further guidance on this please contact our Environmental Health team at

    For guidance on how to offer takeaways and deliveries, please see guidance Winchester Business Advice Deliveries in light of COVID-19 (pdf, 199kb)

    For a wide range of government guidance for food businesses regarding COVID-19 visit: