Please note that the guidance below is for those in England. Different guidance is in place in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
We recommend that face coverings should be worn in classrooms or during indoor activities by adults and children aged 11 and above. This does not apply in situations where wearing a face covering would impact the ability to take part in exercise or strenuous activity, for example during sport and will be a temporary measure. You can find more information in this document.
From 27 January there will be no legal requirement to wear a face covering. Large venues and events will no longer be required by law to check visitors’ NHS Covid Pass, and face coverings will no longer be advised for staff and pupils in communal areas of primary and secondary schools.
Local Directors of Public Health will be able to recommend the use of face coverings in places where there are outbreaks or where the public health situation justifies it with sign-off from the Education Secretary.
NHS Covid-19 app and QR codes
Businesses in England are no longer required by law to collect and retain staff, customer and visitor information and display the official NHS QR code poster.
Although it is no longer a legal requirement, it is still encouraged. This is due to the higher risk of transmitting COVID-19 in premises where students (18+) spend a long time in one place and potentially come into close contact with other people outside of their household.
Who is this relevant to?
These venues include:
- Indoor sport and leisure centres, including gyms
- Community centres, libraries and village halls.
- How the NHS App works and stores information
- New Venues Alerts Process: A Guide For Businesses
- Why should I check in to a venue with the NHS COVID-19 app?
- Common QR Code questions
QR code support telephone: 0800 540 4900
Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm
Useful risk assessment documents for those in the UK
To help you prepare for any risks in the workplace, we’ve created some support documents which provide an overview of some of the health and safety and operational issues you will have to consider.