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Legionnaires’ disease – potential hazard

Legionnaires’ disease – potential hazard

Is COVID-19 helping spread this potentially fatal form of pneumonia? While COVID-19 is at the forefront of people’s minds, Legionella is one hazard that may be overlooked as people return to holiday parks. The bacteria thrives in water that is left stagnant between temperatures of 20–45°C and with parks currently closed and many premises left...

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COVID-19 outbreaks – steps to avoid and actions to take

COVID-19 outbreaks – steps to avoid and actions to take

Important information on how to report cases of coronavirus in your organisation COVID-19 early outbreak management information has been created by Government to make sure that people who run businesses or organisations: know how to recognise and report an incident of coronavirus (COVID-19) are aware of measures local health protection teams may advise in order...

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Importance of ventilation

Importance of ventilation

Government is stressing how good ventilation can reduce the risk of coronavirus infection by over 70%. It is important that businesses check that their ventilation systems are clean and working properly. Where businesses do not have ventilation systems, the advice is to either open windows for short, sharp bursts of 10 to 15 minutes regularly throughout...

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Working Safely with Coronavirus – updated guidance

Working Safely with Coronavirus – updated guidance

Government updated its Working Safely with Coronavirus Guidance for accommodation providers on 28 September.  The guidance includes seven steps to “protect yourself, your staff and your customers during coronavirus”. Complete a COVID-19 risk assessment. Share it with all your staff. Find out how to do a risk assessment. Clean more often. Increase how often you clean surfaces, especially...

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Changes to Guidance in England

Changes to Guidance in England

New Rules on Wearing Face Masks Customers in private hire vehicles and taxis must wear face coverings (from 23 September). Customers in hospitality venues must wear face coverings, except when seated at a table to eat or drink. Staff in hospitality and retail will now also be required to wear face coverings (from 24 September)....

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Places where face coverings must be worn

Places where face coverings must be worn

Extended list The number of places where face coverings must be worn has been extended. This now includes entertainment venues (cinemas, theatres, concert halls), aquariums, bingo halls, amusement arcades, adventure activity centres, funfairs, theme parks, casinos, skating rinks, bowling alleys, and indoor play areas, including soft-play areas. The full list can be found here.

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Outdoor events – the current situation and new guidance

Outdoor events – the current situation and new guidance

The LGA (Local Government Association) has published new guidance for local authorities (LAs) on staging outdoor events. Current government guidelines allow for outdoor events organised by businesses to take place, provided they have carried out a thorough risk assessment and taken all reasonable steps to mitigate the risk of viral transmission – taking into account...

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List of places to wear face coverings in England extended

List of places to wear face coverings in England extended

Government is now recommending that face coverings are worn in additional indoor settings – this will be enforceable in law (England). Currently you are required to wear face coverings in shops, supermarkets, indoor shopping centres, indoor transport hubs and public transport. For members of the public, from 8 August this will be expanded to include: cinemas...

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