Covid-19 & Control Measures 2022

Information for Island businesses about COVID-19 control measures.


The UK Government have outlined the plan for Living with COVID-19. A key part of the plan removes domestic restrictions while encouraging safe behaviours through public health advice. This is in common with longstanding ways of managing most other respiratory illnesses.

It is expected that the current COVID-19 national guidance for workplaces will be withdrawn from 31 March in England. When this happens, we will not need every business to explicitly consider COVID-19 in their risk assessment or have control measures in place.

Businesses will be expected to take responsibility for putting in place mitigations appropriate for their circumstances. To help businesses, the government will replace the existing set of ‘Working Safely’ guidance with new public health guidance. This will happen from the 1 April 2022.

COVID-19 and control measures

Businesses can still reduce the risks by continuing with these priorities:

  • Provide adequate ventilation. Make sure there is an adequate supply of fresh air to enclosed spaces where there are people present.
  • Clean some areas more frequently. You should consider:
    • Surfaces that people touch regularly, such as door handles, lift buttons and handrails.
    • Keys and other shared objects – clean them when they are returned and before they are given to another guest.
    • Places that are used frequently, like reception areas.
    • Areas used by multiple groups of guests, such as lounges, common areas and shared recreation rooms.
    • Toilet and bathroom facilities.


Encourage people with COVID-19 or any of the main COVID-19 symptoms to stay away.

People who have COVID-19 are no longer legally required to self-isolate. However, they should follow the public health advice to stay at home and avoid contact with other people.

  • Attending work
    • They should not attend work. If a member of staff is unable to work from home, you should talk to them about the options available to them. For example they may be able to get statutory sick pay.

  • Communicate and train.
    • Inform workers and customers about your safety measures. This will encourage safer behaviours when they visit your business.
    • You can do this by regular team training and by having a clear policy for guests explaining your COVID-19 guidance. You can make this information available in several ways:
      • Use your website and/or social media. Guests will likely book online so this is the first place they should see your safety guidelines.
      • Send information in booking confirmations. This is another key chance to ensure your guests know what to expect when they are visiting you.
      • Making your guidance clearly visible on arrival.

Individuals can still reduce the risk of catching and passing on COVID-19 by:

  • Getting vaccinated
  • Letting fresh air in if meeting indoors, or meeting outside
  • Wearing a face covering in crowded and enclosed spaces. This is especially important where you come into contact with people you do not usually meet and when rates of transmission are high
  • Trying to stay at home if you are unwell
  • Taking a test if you have COVID-19 symptoms, and staying at home and avoiding contact with other people if you test positive
  • Washing your hands and following advice to ‘Catch it, Bin it, Kill it’.

COVID-19 is still a public health infection control issue. The Isle of Wight Council and the UK Health Security Agency (UKSHA) will still provide public health best practice guidance on behaviours that business can use.

You can contact Isle of Wight Council’s environmental health team on covidregs@iow.gov.uk or 01983 823000.

More Regulatory Service COVID-19 business advice is available on the Isle of Wight Council website. Get help and support with COVID-19 on keeptheislandsafe.org.