Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance from Step 4

From Step 4 (19 July), legal restrictions can be lifted. You are no longer legally required to be socially distanced. However, in order to minimise risk, you should limit the close contact you have with those you do not usually live with. The requirement to wear face coverings in law will be lifted. However, the Government expects and recommends that people wear face coverings, be considerate of others, wear face coverings in crowded areas such as public transport, etc.

Get tested and self-isolate

As we are still in a pandemic, and it is still possible to catch and spread COVID-19, even if you are fully vaccinated, Lateral Flow Device testing (asymptomatic testing) is encouraged, as well as testing when you have symptoms. You must self-isolate for when Covid-19 positive or when contacted by NHS Test and Trace (required by the law). Your isolation period included the day your symptoms started (or the day your test was taken if you do not have symptoms) and the next 10 full days.

Businesses and venues

Nightclubs, and adult entertainment venues will be able to reopen. All capacity limits at sporting, entertainment, or business events will be lifted. Hospitality venues such as pubs, restaurants and bars will no longer be required to provide table service or follow other social distancing rules.
However, employers will still have a legal duty to manage risks to those affected by their business. The way to do this is to carry out a health and safety risk assessment, including the risk of COVID-19, and to take reasonable steps to mitigate the risks you identify.
According to the government guidance, there are priority actions you can take to protect staff and customers. The six steps are as follows:
  • Complete a health and safety risk assessment that includes risk from Covid-19.
  • Provide adequate ventilation – ensure there is a supply of fresh air to indoor spaces, and this can be through natural ventilation by opening windows, doors and vents.
  • Clean surfaces that are frequently touched, and you should ask your staff and customers to use hand sanitiser and to clean their hands frequently.
  • Ensuring that staff and customers who are unwell do not attend the workplace or venue.
  • While collection of customer contact details is no longer required legally, we encourage you to display NHS QR code in your venue to support the NHS Test and Trace system
  • Communicate and train – keep staff and visitors up-to-date on how you are using and updating safety measures
For more detailed government guidance for specific businesses or venues, please see the following:

Wedding and civil partnership ceremonies, receptions and celebrations

There will no longer be limits on the number of people who can attend weddings, civil partnerships, funerals and other life events (including receptions and celebrations). There will be no requirement for table service at life events, or restrictions on singing or dancing. Froe more information, please see Coronavirus (COVID-19): Wedding and civil partnership ceremonies, receptions and celebrations: guidance from Step 4.
There is different guidance for:
If you have any queries, please contact the environmental health team at or 01276 707100