Responding to the publication of the government’s guidance, Jonathan Geldart, Director General of the Institute of Directors, said:
“This guidance is an important first step. It won’t provide every answer, no guidance can, but directors can use it to inform their risk assessments for operating in this pandemic.
“Ultimately, the decision lies with a company’s directors, and they need to feel comfortable they can operate safely. Decisions on re-opening will not be taken lightly. Businesses must consult with their people on returning safely, communication is essential at this difficult time.
“We will be listening carefully to our members on how well these guidelines translate in practice. We hope and expect the guidance to evolve over time, but this is a place for employers to start on the long path to getting the economy going again.
“Business leaders want to stand on their own two feet, but many can’t operate at anything like normal capacity at the moment, and making adjustments to protect staff and customers will be a big challenge for many workplaces. It’s crucial the government continues to adapt its wider support, a more flexible furlough system and support for company directors is needed urgently.”