16 March 2020
Updated COVID-19 industry guidance following shift to the ‘delay’ phase of the action plan
The government has published new and updated guidance to provide affected sectors with the latest advice on managing the threat from COVID-19. It provides important information for specific sectors on what precautions to take, what to do if someone develops symptoms and how to limit the spread of the virus.
Access the new and updated COVID-19 industry guidance for the following sectors:
- educational settings such as schools or universities
- prisons, immigration centres and other places of detention
- shipping and seaports
- transport hubs including airports and train stations
- hostels and day centres (rough sleepers)
This includes guidance on how to clean non-healthcare settings such as offices or hotel rooms where a person with possible or confirmed COVID-19 has spent time while experiencing symptoms.
A range of measures for different industries is recommended, including:
- using announcements to reinforce key messages - eg in transport hubs - such as washing hands before and after travel, and what to do if unwell
- if anyone becomes unwell with a new continuous cough or a high temperature, they should be sent home, to their room or the place they are staying - if they have to use public transport, they should try to keep away from other people and catch coughs and sneezes in a tissue
- objects and surfaces that are touched regularly should be frequently cleaned and disinfected using standard cleaning products
The advice for these settings continues to be not to close unless advised to do so by the government.
The most important thing individuals can do to protect themselves remains washing hands more often, for at least 20 seconds, with soap and water.
First published 16 March 2020