Ventilation and air conditioning during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

Removal of some coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions

This page is up to date following the removal of some 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. Balancing ventilation with keeping workplace temperatures comfortable

Providing adequate ventilation does not mean people have to work in an uncomfortably chilly or cold workplace.

There are simple steps you can take to make sure your workplace is adequately ventilated without being too cold:

  • windows and doors partially open can still provide acceptable ventilation while keeping the workplace comfortable. Opening higher-level windows will probably create fewer draughts.
  • if the area is cold you could relax dress codes so people can wear extra layers and warmer clothing

You should only use fan convector heaters if the area is well ventilated.

This page is reviewed regularly and updated to reflect any changes in the guidance.

Page last reviewed: 19 July 2021

Next review due: 31 July 2021

Updated 2021-07-16