What are the most effective control measures we can take to reduce transmission?
Multiple control measures are required. This includes testing, self-isolation and local contact tracing, reduced close contact and effective ventilation.
Requirements vary dependent on the workplace environment, and we advise decision makers to carry out a risk assessment based on the needs of your setting. The occupancy of the setting and the frequency of mixing/interaction between people are the most important considerations in a risk assessment. Risk assessments and control measures need to reflect differences between areas in the setting, such as occupancy and ventilation.
The need for continued financial support to enable self-isolation from work is a key consideration looking forwards. Examples of financial support are a sickness absence policy with paid sick leave, support for exclusion if someone tests positive, and working from home where possible.