COVID-19 - Advice on national restrictions for businesses

COVID-19 Advice from 19 July

England has moved to Step 4 of the roadmap. Although most legal restrictions have been lifted, and many people have been vaccinated, it is still possible to catch and spread COVID-19, even if you are fully vaccinated, and we are still in the third wave of this pandemic in the UK.

COVID-19 will be a feature of our lives for the foreseeable future, so we need to learn to live with it and manage the risk to ourselves and others.

As COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, it is important that we all use personal judgement to manage our own risk. All of us can play our part by exercising common sense and considering the risks. While no situation is risk free, there are actions we can take to protect ourselves and others around us. 

Following this guidance will help you stay safe and protect others by controlling the spread. Every action to help reduce the spread will reduce any further resurgence of the virus in the coming months.

You can find more information on the GOV web pages for Coronavirus restrictions, working safely during coronavirus, and NHS test and trace in the workplace.

Risk assessment for coronavirus - practical points to consider

Employers and self-employed people need to carry out a risk assessment to identify what needs to be done to protect workers and others from the risk of coronavirus.

When carrying out the risk assessment you need to:

  • identify what work activity or situations might cause transmission of the virus
  • identify who could be at risk
  • decide how likely it is that someone could be exposed
  • act to remove the activity or situation that places someone at risk, or if this is not possible, identify what can be done to control the risk

If you have fewer than five employees, you do not have to write anything down, but it is good practice if you do. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has guidance on H&S ABC – an easy guide to health and safety. as well as Health and Safety made simple, both includes advice on risk assessments.

There is also further HSE guidance: Working safely during the coronavirus outbreak.

For the Government's latest guidance on the collection of personal details and how to maintain records of staff, customers and visitors to businesses in support of NHS Test and Trace, please go to: Maintaining records of staff, customers and visitors to support NHS Test and Trace


Before organising your event, you will need to demonstrate that your event can take place safely during the current COVID-19 pandemic. 

You must create a risk assessment which includes COVID-19 controls which determines that you can manage your event in a COVID-19 secure manner.

Please see the risk assessment tool for more information

Pavement licenses (amended 24 July 2020)

Applications are open in West Suffolk for temporary pavement licences to help cafés, restaurants and pubs trade during COVID-19 and keep people safe.

The move by West Suffolk Council follows new legislation just agreed by Government to ease previous restrictions on putting items such as tables and chairs outside premises for the sale of food or drink for consumption.

A fast track process has been introduced so premises can apply, relevant consultees can have their say and a decision made in a much shorter time. Government allows councils to charge up to £100 to apply but West Suffolk Council has agreed during this time to make the process free. More information can be found at Street trading and vending

Please contact us if you have any further queries, by email at food& or by phone at 01284757400

Page last updated:

29 September 2021