By Chloe Randall | 31 March 2021 | Movers & Shakers, News
The Government’s official guidance for close contact services including nail salons has been updated ahead of reopening on April 12, with new rules around ventilation and testing.
The new guidance is as follows:
Ventilation should be used as a control measure to reduce the risk of aerosol transmission of Covid-19 in enclosed spaces. Ventilation will not reduce the risk of droplet or surface transmission, so other control measures such as cleaning and social distancing are also required.
There are different ways of providing ventilation, including mechanical ventilation using fans and ducts, natural ventilation which relies on passive flow through openings (doors, windows, vents) or a combination of the two.
The risk of transmission is greater in spaces that are poorly ventilated. HSE guidance on ventilation and air conditioning explains how to identify those spaces and steps to take to improve ventilation.
It’s important that you continue to put measures in place to reduce the risk of Covid-19 transmission, including maintaining social distancing, frequent cleaning, good hygiene and adequate ventilation, even if your employees have:
- received a recent negative test result
- had the vaccine (either 1 or 2 doses)
Where you are providing testing on site, you should ensure that workplace testing is carried out in a safe manner and in an appropriate setting where control measures are in place to manage the risk of Covid-19 transmission during the testing process. These include maintaining social distancing where possible, frequent cleaning, good hygiene and adequate ventilation.
You should also ensure that an appropriate setting is available for individuals to wait in while their test is processed.
Anyone with coronavirus symptoms can get a free NHS test.
You can also order rapid lateral flow tests, to test employees with no coronavirus symptoms here. The test kits are entirely free of charge until 30 June 2021 for businesses that register by 31 March.
You can register to order tests if:
- your business is registered in England
- your employees cannot work from home