As set out in the section on staying at home, you can travel for work purposes, but only where it is not reasonably practicable to work from home.
With the exception of the organisations covered in the guidance on businesses closures the government has not required any other businesses to close – indeed it is important for business to carry on. However, new requirements came into force on 7 April which means that all businesses and persons responsible for work which is being carried out on premises to take all reasonable measures to ensure that 2 metres distance is kept between all people on those premises (except members of the same household e.g. where a tradesperson is carrying out repairs in someone’s home). This includes work being carried out both indoors and outdoors.
Employers and employees should discuss their working arrangements, and employers should take steps to facilitate their employees working from home, including providing suitable IT and equipment to enable remote working.
Sometimes this will not be possible, as not everyone can work from home. Certain jobs require people to travel to, from, and for their work.
If you cannot work from home then you can still travel for work purposes, providing you are not showing coronavirus symptoms and neither you nor any of your household are self-isolating. Please see the self-isolation guidance for more information.
Employers who have people in their offices or onsite are recommended to follow the employers and businesses guidance including, where possible, employees frequently washing their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (or using hand sanitiser gel if soap and water is not available).
Employers will also have to consider other legal obligations under Health and Safety legislation to reduce risks of harm to health.
Work carried out in people’s homes, for example by tradespeople carrying out repairs and maintenance, can continue, providing that the tradesperson is well and has no symptoms. Similar to other businesses, reasonable measures to ensure a 2 metre distancing between people need to be put in place by those responsible for the work (other than in relation to the members of the same household themselves).
It is recommended that no work should be carried out in any household which is isolating or where an individual is being shielded, unless it is to remedy a direct risk to the safety of the household, such as emergency plumbing or repairs, and where the tradesperson is willing to do so. In such cases, Public Health Wales can provide advice to tradespeople and households.
No work should be carried out by a tradesperson who has coronavirus symptoms, however mild.
As set out in the section on closing certain businesses and venues, the Government has published guidance on which organisations are covered by this requirement. Advice for employees of these organisations on employment and financial support is available at gov.uk/coronavirus.
At all times, workers should follow the guidance on self-isolation if they or anyone in their household shows symptoms.