Government Guidance and Regulations


The final stage of the government’s roadmap for easing coronavirus restrictions took place on the 19 July. Below you will find information on how the rules have changed for step 4.

This page also contains national guidance on COVID-secure workplaces, engaging with NHS Test & Trace, workplace testing, international travel restrictions and the government support available for businesses.

National Coronavirus Restrictions

Changes from July 19

  • There are no limits on how many people can meet but you should meet outdoors where possible
  • Social distancing measures have been removed with individuals no longer required to comply with the 1m+ rule (with limited exceptions such as hospitals)
  • Nightclubs are permitted to re-open and all capacity limits on events have been lifted
  • Hospitality businesses are no longer required to offer table service only
  • Face coverings are no longer mandated by law but the government expects and recommends that people wear face coverings in crowded spaces such as public transport
  • The government directive to work from home (where possible) has been lifted but employers are encouraged to oversee a gradual return for workers over the summer

High risk settings such as nightclubs and large events are encouraged to make use of the NHS COVID Pass which allows people entry on the basis that they have either received both of their vaccinations, or shown a recent negative COVID test or proof of natural immunity.

Click here for full details

International Travel

The government has introduced a traffic light system whereby passengers will no longer need to prove they have a valid reason to leave the country.
The system categorises countries based on risk and is designed to protect the public from international Covid-19 variants.

The system works as follows:

  • Green: Passengers will not need to quarantine on return, but must take a pre-departure test, as well as a PCR test on return to the UK
  • Amber: Travellers will need to quarantine for 10 days, as well as taking a pre-departure test and two PCR tests
  • Red: Passengers will have to pay for a 10-day stay in a managed quarantine hotel, as well as a pre-departure test and two PCR tests

Passengers that have been fully vaccinated in the UK (at least 14 days prior) are no longer required to quarantine on arrival in England from countries on the amber list. However, you need to take a pre-departure test and a day 2 PCR test on arrival in England.

See full details here

Workplace and Community Testing

The government’s workplace testing programme, whereby businesses could sign up to receive free lateral flow tests for their employees, is now closed.

Businesses now have the following options available to them:

Government Support For Businesses

The GBCC are committed to keeping businesses and charities up to date with the latest support being made available by the government to help businesses recover from the disruption caused by Covid-19.

So far, the government has announced a number of support measures including various finance and grant schemes and the extension to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. Please click the link below for a list of the government support measures announced to date.


Working Safely During Coronavirus: How to be COVID-19 Secure

The UK Government have issued detailed guidance for employers with certain types of premises on how to be COVID-19 Secure and safely return to, or scale up the number of employees in, the workplace.

It includes a number of detailed measures on social distancing and hygiene in the workplace. Employers must use this advice to:

  • Carry out a Covid-19 Risk Assessment in ‘consultation with unions and workers’
  • Demonstrate that they are doing everything reasonably practicable to minimise the risk to workers
  • Display a five-point notice or declaration in the workplace stating they have undertaken a risk assessment and are taking steps to protect their workforce

For formal Government advice on being COVID-19 Secure Click Here.

NHS Test & Trace

The government is encouraging businesses to continue collecting customer information for the NHS Test & Trace Service which aims to trace the spread of the virus and isolate new infections. However, firms are no longer legally required to do so.

Businesses can continue to help support the NHS Test & Trace Service by::

  • Keeping a temporary record of staff shift patterns, customers and visitors in compliance with GDPR and dispose of securely after 21 days
  • Collecting the following information from customers and visitors: name, address, date/time of visit and phone number
  • Displaying an official NHS QR code poster at all entrances to the venue so that customers can check in using the NHS COVID-19 app
  • Sharing the data with the NHS Test and Trace Service if they get in contact

Click here for the government guidance and here for a business toolkit.


Official government advice on working safely during COVID-19:

Click Here

For business briefings
and Q&As:

Click Here

Making your workplace COVID-secure during the coronavirus pandemic

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Resources & Guides


In this webinar, chair of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) Martin Temple, around coronavirus (COVID-19) discusses how his organisation is supporting business. 

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In this webinar, BHSF provide advice and guidance to businesses on how to provide a Covid-secure workplace to get employees back to work.

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