6. Where 2 m social distancing is not possible

Consider these additional control measures where 2 m social distancing is not possible:

  • Decide if the activity can be stopped
  • Keep the activity time as short as possible
  • Keep the number of people working who cannot social distance to a minimum
  • Reduce the number of people in close proximity in the work area
  • Limit the movement of people around the site. Consider if workers can stay in one place or at one workstation when working
  • Limit the amount of different equipment or surfaces that people need to touch
  • Use screens between people to create a physical barrier. You should keep the screens clean
  • Organise the space so that people are side-by-side or facing away from each other rather than face-to-face
  • Mark the floor of areas such as lifts to show where people should stand and what direction they should face

Working in teams

Assign workers to teams which then socially distance from other teams. Keep workers in the same teams as far as possible to limit social interaction. Keep teams as small as possible. If a team member becomes ill with symptoms of coronavirus, they and the rest of the team should follow the UK government guidance on self-isolation.

Guidance on cleaning, hygiene and handwashing.

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

Page last reviewed: 28 May 2021

Next review due: 30 June 2021

Updated 2021-05-28