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Mid Kent Environmental Health

Guidance for public buildings opening up on the 12 April 2021.


What do I need to do?


Carry out a Covid-19 risk assessment to determine the hazards and risk associated with your business.

  • Step 1 - Identify hazards
  • Step 2 - Identify who can be harmed
  • Step 3 – Assess the risk
  • Step 4 - Implement control measures
  • Step 5 – Review regularly

Check out the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) website for guidance on risk assessments.

You should look at government guidance for your specific industry regularly as you prepare to restart activities as it can change quickly.

You should follow any advice and guidance given by your trade association.

Key date


12 April 2021

Central government has been clear in their message that the dates suggested for each phase of the reopening is a guide only. The actual dates that each stage occur will be informed by data and subject to four distinct tests.

See here for guidance and here for legislation.

Key points


icons for covid safe guidance

icons-for-covid-safe-guidance Ensure you are Covid-secure.
social distancing Follow social distancing rules.
icons-for-covid-safe-guidance Up to 6 people or 2 households per group only.
icons for covid safe guidance Wear a face covering when inside.
icons for covid safe guidance Toilet facilities are ok to use.
icons-for-covid-safe-guidance Use NHS QR Code Test and Trace and have a non-digital backup.
Clean all equipment Clean all equipment between use.

Do not...

x to indicate things not to do

icons for covid safe guidance Don’t allow groups of people to mix.
Do not exceed your maximum capacity Don’t exceed your maximum capacity. Keep your customers safe!

Points to consider

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  • How will you ensure gatherings do not form on your premises?
  • Have you worked out your maximum capacity? How will you monitor this?
  • Do you need to have a pre-booking system?
  • How will you ensure social distancing?
  • Do you have sufficient PPE?
  • Do you have hand sanitiser?
  • How and when will you sanitise any equipment?
  • How will you prevent areas like toilets or kitchens from becoming overcrowded?
  • Do you need a one-way system?
  • Download your signage from our posters and signs for businesses page

These guides are offered as helpful but largely general information on principles that you should follow in your sector. It is important that you consider your own premises and business individually and put any appropriate measures to make your business Covid-secure.

Contact for advice

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Mid Kent Environmental Health Services

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