- Register to order COVID19 tests for your employees
- NHS COVID19 App what businesses need to do
- Test and Trace and how to manage a possible COVID-19 outbreak
- Reporting outbreaks of Coronavirus
- Advice for event organisers
- Buckinghamshire and Surrey Trading Standards business advice service
Coronavirus tests for your employees
You can no longer order free rapid lateral flow tests for your employees.
Instead you can:-
- buy your own tests and set up your own workplace testing
- pay an approved provider to provide tests or run a test site for you
If you cannot provide testing, you can ask your employees to get a rapid lateral flow test at home or at a test site. For more information visit our Coronavirus testing webpages.
NHS COVID19 app
The NHS COVID19 app launched on 24 September 2020. The NHS COVID19 app is still an important way to stop the spread of the virus - particularly as we head into another winter. For more information visit the NHS COVID19 app webpage.
Depending on your mobile device, visit the Apple Store or Google Play Store and search NHS COVID 19 app to download.
Other helpful links:-
- NHS COVID19 app explained
- How businesses need to prepare for NHS COVID19 app
- Contact logs versus QR code posters explained - if individuals choose to check-in using the QR code poster they do not need to log in via any other route
- How to create your own QR poster
- Tips for displaying your poster
Videos explaining the app and QR code requirement:-
Test and Trace and how to manage a possible COVID-19 outbreak
Test and Trace
To support the NHS Test and Trace service, it is vital that employers play their part by:
- Following the latest government advice which explains how to work safely in a range of workplaces and situations
- Ensuring employees get tested if they present any coronavirus symptoms
- Encouraging employees to self-isolate if they have coronavirus symptoms or have been contacted by NHS Test and Trace
- Supporting any employees who need to self-isolate. This will stop the spread in your workplace and community
- Supporting staff to work from home if they feel able
- Directing employees to the Government's advice about what will happen to their pay whilst isolating and to your own sickness procedures
- If multiple cases of coronavirus appear in the workplace, employers should contact Surrey and Sussex's Health Protection teams to help manage the outbreak, by email - PHE.firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone on 0344 225 3861 (option 3)
- Sharing our communication resources with employees to ensure they are well-informed and know what to do if they have symptoms.
Detailed workplace guidance is available on the GOV.UK NHS Test and Trace in the workplace webpage.
How to manage a possible outbreak
Public Health England has created action cards for a range of business types to help owners and managers to manage an outbreak. These are designed to be printed or downloaded to keep on-hand in your business or organisation.
- Arts, heritage and cultural venues
- Cinemas, theatres, comedy venues and music venues
- Construction and outdoor work
- Dress fitters, tailors and fashion designers
- Hairdressing, barbershops, beauty and nail bars, makeup, and tattoo and spray tanning studios
- Manufacturing of food and other large processing plants
- Restaurants, pubs, bars, cafes or takeaways
- Shops and branches
- Spas, sports and massage therapy, wellbeing and holistic centres
Guidance for businesses and organisations on how to recognise, contain and report incidents of coronavirus is available on the gov.uk website.
To find out how to access Coronavirus support for UK businesses and employees see GOV.UK Business Support.
In addition, for the latest Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for employees, employers and businesses please look at the information on:
- Government guidance for working safely
- Business Companion guidance
- Health and Safety Executive guidance
- What to include in your COVID-19 risk assessment
- Surrey County Council guidance
- Buckinghamshire Council guidance
- Surrey Chambers of Commerce guidance
- Federation of Small Businesses guidance
The Department for Business, Enterprise and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is encouraging businesses across England to contact their local Growth Hub to gain free and impartial advice on local and national business support during the COVID-19 crisis. Surrey has two Growth Hubs for east and west Surrey businesses:
- Coast to Capital Growth Hub – for businesses located in east Surrey (Epsom and Ewell, Mole Valley, Reigate and Banstead, Tandridge)
- Enterprise M3 Growth Hub - for businesses located in west Surrey (Elmbridge, Guildford, Runnymede, Spelthorne, Surrey Heath, Waverley, Woking)
For further information about the Government announcement on support for businesses please contact your local district or borough council via their website link or email address below.
- Elmbridge Borough Council - email@example.com
- Epsom and Ewell Borough Council
- Guildford Borough Council - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mole Valley District Council - email@example.com
- Reigate and Banstead Borough Council - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Runnymede Borough Council - BusinessRunnymede@runnymede.gov.uk
- Spelthorne Borough Council - email@example.com
- Surrey Heath Borough Council - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Tandridge District Council - email@example.com
- Waverley Borough Council - Business.firstname.lastname@example.org
- Woking Borough Council - email@example.com
Advice for event organisers
If you are looking to hold an event, there is national guidance for events and attractions providing information on the practical considerations that apply to opening workplaces safely and organising events such as exhibitions, trade shows, live performances, festivals, street events and sporting events, while reducing the risk of spreading COVID-19.
Buckinghamshire and Surrey Trading Standards business advice service
If your business has a specific question relating to Coronavirus, please contact us. Our officers have been providing bespoke advice to Buckinghamshire and Surrey based businesses throughout the pandemic and they are here to support you.
- Telephone 0300 123 2329
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Textphone (via Text Relay) 18001 0808 223 1133
- SMS 07860 053465
Files available to download
- COVID-19 checklist for events (PDF)
To help event organisers, a COVID-19 checklist for events has been developed to guide you through the COVID-19 secure arrangements that need to be in place for events.
- COVID-19 risk-assessment example template (PDF)
A risk assessment template for use by small event organisers to ensure compliance with COVID-19 legislation and guidance.