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Isle of Anglesey County Council


COVID-19: Social distancing advice for residents, businesses and workplaces


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Social distancing advice is to work from home where at all possible, only leave home for permitted essential travel and maintain 2m distancing from everyone other than those you live with. 

Where this isn’t possible there are reasonable measures that must be taken.

Residents

If you want to make a complaint or report that an Anglesey business is not complying with social distancing guidelines, please:

Online form (preferred option)

Report a social distancing issue in an Anglesey business

Call the helpline: 0808 223 1133

Businesses

Any local business needing further advice in relation to social distancing requirements, please:

Email: safonaumasnach@ynysmon.gov.uk

Call: 0808 223 1133

All workplaces

Everyone is required to play their part under the Coronavirus regulations to ensure that a distance of two metres is maintained between any persons at all workplaces. 

Where possible, consideration should be given to staff working from home. However, where this is not possible, all reasonable measures must be taken to ensure that a distance of two metres is maintained between any persons in the workplace.

It is the responsibility of the person responsible for the work being undertaken, but everyone within the workplace has a personal responsibility to comply with the requirement to reduce risk of spreading the virus.

Examples of reasonable measures which may be relevant include but not limited to the following

  • Reducing the number of people working on the premises at any one time– increasing the space between people by reducing the total number of people in attendance
  • Increasing space between staff – for example on a production line leaving 2 m gaps between people and indicating spacing with markings
  • Consider appropriate provision of rest space – is there a congregation of workers at a certain time?  Could additional space be provided, or breaks staggered, or removal of some seating to ensure 2m gaps
  • Altering tasks undertaken – making adjustments to the way that work is done, to reduce contact
  • Stagger shifts to minimise people on site and to reduce congestion at the point of shift changes
  • Carrying a passenger in the back seat rather than the front seat of a taxi would be a reasonable measure

Some jobs are not possible to complete 2m apart as they require close contact, e.g. manual handling of a heavy piece of equipment or personal care.  Where contact or closer working is required, it is important that other measures are considered and included in work practices to reduce the risk of spreading the virus. These may include, but not limited to

  • minimising the level of interaction
  • physical barriers e.g. personal protective equipment
  • improved hygiene and reminders about the importance of hygiene
  • washing hands well for 20 seconds with soap after close contact
  • ensuring those with symptoms are not present on the premises

Penalty

If a responsible person is found not be taking all reasonable measures to ensure that distance of 2 metres is maintained between person on the premises concerned, that person may be subject to a fixed penalty of £60 (this reduces to £30 if paid within 14 days but is doubled to £120 for a second a subsequent breach) or may be charged with a criminal offence and ultimately convicted and be required to pay a fine.