In the past few days I have received several enquiries from ESF Providers asking if, when and how they can re-open premises for face-to-face business.
This is not a decision for the department. Each organisation must determine the appropriate action taking full account of all relevant NI Executive and Public Health Authority guidance as well as the health and safety and well-being of staff and clients.
I have included a number of links which may provide useful information:
- Guidance from the Health and Safety Executive: HSE NI website
- Guidance from the Labour Relations Agency: LRA website
I have also provided a link to guidance and a webinar produced by the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). Whilst, these apply to England only, they do contain some useful advice on managing the practical aspects of safely returning to work:
I would however be grateful if organisations could update me as they make these decisions. This allows us to monitor the position and make plans for the way forward.
Any updates should be forwarded to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any queries please feel free to contact me.
Kind regards and stay safe,
Head of ESF Project Delivery Branch
16 June 2020