Cleaning, hygiene and handwashing to reduce coronavirus (COVID-19) transmission

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).

6. Cleaning - staff arrangements

Some organisations may decide to have full-time cleaning teams. Smaller organisations may need fewer cleaning staff. Other workers can also play a part. You should determine what is needed for your business based on your risk assessment.

Provide cleaning staff with their usual personal protective equipment (PPE) for cleaning where this is necessary.

Cleaners should wash their hands regularly with soap and water, including when they finish work. Consider providing hand sanitiser when washing facilities aren't close by.

Ensure cleaning staff receive good instructions and understand the importance of carrying out thorough cleaning safely.

We have separate advice on working safely to reduce transmission.

Talk to your workers and provide information

Talk to all your workers and encourage them to co-operate with cleaners. They can make sure that surfaces are left clear at the end of the day so that deep cleaning can be done more effectively. Papers or items left on surfaces might make cleaning less effective.

Keeping people informed about any changes to cleaning, and the reasons for it, reduces the chance of uncooperative staff. It may also reassure your workers that you are doing what you can to keep them safe.

You could use posters to inform people that regular cleaning will take place and that they should co-operate with cleaners.

Where you expect equipment users to clean their equipment after use as part of your cleaning regime, posters can help to remind them of their responsibilities.

Further guidance on GOV.UK

There is specific guidance on different types of workplaces to help employers, employees and the self-employed understand how to work safely during the pandemic. Each guide includes a section on cleaning.

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

Page last reviewed: 31 August 2021

Next review due: 31 October 2021

Updated 2021-08-31