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Published October 2nd, 2020

The State of UK Reopening

On 25 March 2020, The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020 were implemented on the majority of British society and required businesses across the United Kingdom to temporarily close in an effort to slow down infection rates in the country. After almost two months of a temporary shutdown, the UK Government laid down on 10 May a phased and controlled reopening planto help the British economy gradually get back on track.

Phase 1 of the UK economy recovery strategy saw employees from industries such as food production, manufacturing, construction, distribution and scientific research return to work with social distancing rules in place; to support their return to work, the Government issued a set of guidelines to help make public transport journeys as safe as possible.

As health is a devolved matter in the United Kingdom, regulations on the introduction and lifting of restrictions shall vary among the four nations. The government of each nation is responsible for its own policies and legislation regarding decisions on reopening. Visit this resource page to know more about the varying restrictions in each devolved nation.

Reopening Guidance for Businesses in the UK

As the COVID-19 situation constantly evolves, it is crucial for business leaders in the UK to be always on top of the latest reopening guidelines to help protect the safety of their employees, customers, and other stakeholders. 

To help you get safely back to business amid the pandemic, the iAuditor by SafetyCulture platform has curated industry guidance and actionable digital checklist templates from the UK Government. The guidance has been prepared in cooperation with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and input from firms, unions, industry bodies and the devolved administrations in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, and in consultation with Public Health England (PHE) and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). The guidance should be considered alongside local public health and safety requirements and legislation in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. 



John Derick Flores

SafetyCulture Staff Writer

Dirk is a contributing writer for SafetyCulture who has 3+ years of experience being a Safety Officer in an international airline. Over the course of his tenure, he worked on projects involving training management, ramp safety inspections, quality & safety certification audits, and safety promotion programs. Further, he is interested in maximizing the power of technology to help make the world a better place.