Covid-19 a Positive Case within your business – What are your contingency plans?

Covid-19 a Positive Case within your business – What are your contingency plans?

Should a member of your staff or a customer test positive for Covid-19 you need to be prepared and to think about how you would respond and subsequently manage your business.  
Consider the following as part of your business continuity plans:
  • If a member of staff (or customer) tested positive this may mean several others would be required to self-isolate if they had been in close contact.  
    • You could lose a number of your work force for a period of at least 7 to 14 days.  How would you manage this? 
    • Think about key roles with who and how they interact.  E.g if a waitress, the chef, delivery driver or possibly a customer was a positive case what would be the outcome to your business?   What is your back up? Should you limit contact between key individuals?
    • Would you need to recruit? 
    • How would you cover the period of absence?
    • Would you need to close?  
  • Are members of your staff in close contact with each other or customers?   
    • Do they spend time face to face under 1 metre apart?  
    • Do they spend more than 15 minutes together 1 -2 metres apart?
    • Could this be avoided to minimise the impact of a positive case on your business?
    • Are your staff acting safely in their free time?Have you checked if they are adhering to social distancing rules when they are not at work?Are they putting your business at risk?
 
 
 
By having an effective risk assessment and being prepared for contingencies in the event of a potential case you will be in a better position to protect your business and potentially avoid closure.

For further information or advice please contact Environmental Health on 
environmentalhealth@southend.gov.uk or 01702 215005 or Economic Development on 01702 215022 or economicd@southend.gov.uk 
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