Talking with your workers about preventing coronavirus (COVID-19)

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).

2. Supporting vulnerable workers

Some people can be anxious about the idea of returning to the workplace. This includes people who:

  • have been shielding, and
  • live with those who have been shielding

You can help these workers by explaining how you’ll support them. This could include:

  • working from home where possible
  • giving them different tasks to do when they return to the workplace

Supporting workers in higher-risk groups

Some groups of people may be:

  • at greater risk of infection
  • more likely to get seriously ill if they catch coronavirus (COVID-19)

These higher-risk groups include people who:

  • are older males
  • have a high body mass index (BMI)
  • have health conditions such as diabetes
  • are from some Black, Asian or minority ethnicity (BAME) backgrounds

Individual risk assessments are not required but it is important to support your workers and discuss any concerns.

You can support higher-risk groups by:

  • making sure everyone works safely
  • explaining clearly how you’re managing the risks from COVID-19
  • talking to them about any concerns they may have

Questions to help you support vulnerable workers

  • How can we communicate with those in higher-risk groups and, in particular, clinically extremely vulnerable people?
  • What else can we do to help people coming back to the workplace?
    • What can you do?
    • What can your manager do?
    • What can the company or organisation do?

Find out more

To help answer these questions, read our guidance on protecting vulnerable workers.

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

Updated 2021-09-01