How to avoid spreading coronavirus (COVID-19) at work

Removal of most coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions

This page is up to date following the removal of most restrictions in England. There are different regulations and guidance to follow for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The latest advice on keeping workplaces safe will help you assess the risks and continue to reduce COVID-19 transmission. This includes links to information on vaccination, as well as on testing, tracking and tracing (including where variants are spreading).

This page will help workers take steps to prevent COVID-19 spreading in their workplace. Translations are available at the end of the page.

When working, follow these guidelines to stop the spread of coronavirus and help save lives.

Have good ventilation

Make sure there is good ventilation in your work area. Open windows if it is safe to do so. Keep doors open if you can, but not fire doors.

What your employer should do

Employers should take steps to improve poorly ventilated areas in the workplace.

Wash your hands

Wash your hands frequently using soap and water or use hand sanitiser. Try not to touch your face.

What your employer should do

Employers should provide somewhere for people to wash their hands and provide hand sanitiser in the workplace, where necessary.

Clean your workplace

Increase how often and how thoroughly your workplace is cleaned, including:

  • frequently touched surfaces
  • surfaces that are not normally cleaned

What your employer should do

Employers should provide standard cleaning products for your workplace.

Other controls that can reduce transmission

Talk to your employer about other controls they have put in place when most restrictions have been removed, for example staggering the times people come into work or go home.


This guidance is also available in the following languages:

We review and update this page regularly to reflect any changes in guidance.

Page last reviewed: 31 August 2021

Next review due: 30 September 2021