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Returning to work

Coronavirus support

Before opening your doors again, here are some of the things you need to consider. Please note this guidance is accurate as of 28 May 2020, however government guidelines may change at short notice.

Some of the measures businesses can take to help keep their workforce safe


Icon expand 1. Review the government guidance for your industry

Information about the coronavirus (Covid-19) regulations in Northern Ireland, the steps outlined in the recovery plan and also a timeline of the easing of restrictions can be found on the government website.



Icon expand 2. Can your team work from home?

People may only travel to work if it is “not reasonably possible” to work from home. This means that employers cannot insist on a worker going into a workplace if they can work from home.

Read the FAQs regarding home working (PDF, 190KB)


If you can work from home, you should also implement the following:

  • Home working policy

  • Home working risk assessment

  • Provide guidance and information on remote working best practice

  • Set up a communications plan and ensure your staff are trained and informed


Icon expand 3. How can I re-open my business safely?

The government has provided guidance to help employers, employees and the self-employed understand how to work safely.

Read the government guidance.



Icon expand 4. Write a business continuity plan

A business continuity plan allows you to prepare in advance the processes and procedures to help you cope with future unexpected events. Use this template to complete a continuity plan for your business.

Business continuity plan (PDF, 193KB)

Icon expand 5. Complete a business recovery checklist

Following any closure or change in business operating model due to coronavirus, the immediate reaction of many business owners is to reopen as soon as possible.

However, it's likely that the weeks and months to come will be anything but “business as usual” for business, employees, suppliers and customers. Working through this checklist can help you assess if you're ready to reopen your business.

Business recovery checklist (PDF, 516KB)

Icon expand 6. Legally, you must complete a risk assessment

Use the template below to complete your risk assessment.

Risk assessment (PDF, 202KB)


Once all measures identified in the risk assessment have been implemented, you must display the 'Staying Covid-19 Secure in 2020' poster.

Staying Covid-19 Secure in 2020 poster (PDF, 365KB)

Icon expand 7. Communicate risk assessment and control measures to all staff

You must communicate with all staff to ensure they are aware of the risk assessment and control measures implemented.

Use the communication guidance provided below to inform employees of measures you are implementing to protect them from Covid-19.

Staff communication guide (PDF, 159KB)


We also recommend you display these posters in your workplace.

NHS coronavirus poster 1 (PDF, 281KB) NHS coronavirus poster 2 (PDF, 4.9MB)
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