Under normal circumstances a property policy restricts cover when a premises becomes unoccupied, and the trigger for this restriction is normally 30 days. Most insurers have been incredibly accommodating during the lockdown by extending this period whilst businesses have been forced to close because of lockdown.
The Government have given the green light for some businesses to resume trading on 15th June and I know many of you are preparing for this. My fellow Directors and Staff wish you a smooth and successful reopening.
However, as you plan for resuming workplace operations, its crucial to utilise measures to ensure the health and safety of your staff and customers. Please be sure to implement these 5 key points from the governments new “COVID-19 secure” guidelines to help keep your employees and customers protected as you resume work:
- Maintain remote working where possible. Only have employees return to the workplace if it is not feasible to conduct remote operations.
- Conduct a COVID-19 risk assessment. Doing so will allow you to identify your workplace’s unique COVID-19 risks and determine mitigation efforts.
- Enforce social distancing. Redesign your workplace layout, policies, and procedures to help keep employees at least 2 metres apart from one another.
- Lower transmission risks. Especially where 2 metres is not possible, reduce face to face contact between staff and customers with physical barriers and safe shift patterns.
- Keep it clean. Increase the frequency of your cleaning routines, paying special attention to high-contact surfaces. Require staff to wash their hands often.
For additional reopening guidance and the latest COVID-19 updates, contact us today, visit the COVID-19 section on our website or log onto your Mywave connect portal for some useful resources such as the COVID-19 Response Questionnaire.