Living with Covid-19 guidance for businesses

By Anita Jaynes on 21 February, 2022

Swindon Borough Council and Wiltshire Council are asking businesses and residents to take a cautious approach after the Government unveiled its living with Covid-19 plan.

The main points are:

  • Until Friday 1st April 2022, people who test positive are advised to stay at home
  • Self-isolation support payments, national funding for practical support and the medicine delivery service are no longer available
  • Routine contact tracing has ended, including venue check-ins on the NHS COVID-19 app
  • Fully vaccinated adults and those aged under 18 who are close contacts are no longer advised to test daily for seven days and the legal requirement for close contacts who are not fully vaccinated has been removed.

This means that the Government is no longer asking venues to:

  • Ask every customer or visitor aged 16 or over to ‘check in’ by scanning the NHS COVID-19 QR code poster using the NHS COVID-19 app, or providing their name and telephone number
  • Keep a record of all staff working on your premises, including their shift times and dates, and contact details
  • Keep records of customers, visitors, and staff for 21 days to support NHS Test and Trace.

As people no longer need to check in, please remove any NHS COVID-19 QR code posters or any systems that you use to collect contact details at your venue.

The Government has updated its Working safely during COVID-19 guidance.

From 1st April, the Government will also:

  • Remove the current guidance on voluntary COVID-status certification in domestic settings and no longer recommend that certain venues use the NHS COVID Pass
  • No longer provide free universal symptomatic and asymptomatic testing for the general public in England.

For full details of the Living with Covid-19 Plan click here. To view the updated guidance on working safely during coronavirus visit: www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-covid-19