Mark Drakeford, First Minister of Wales, has issued new laws to be adhered to for supermarkets and workplaces: Businesses who employ five or more employees will have to carry out a specific Coronavirus risk assessment under new legislation. And guidance that was in place for retailers to follow is now being made law.
Mr. Drakeford also said Wales is seeing some more regular and encouraging signs that cases are stabilising. For the first time in many weeks, the all-Wales incidence rate has dropped well below 400 cases per 100,000 people. The current rate is 365 cases per 100,000 people (all data correct as reported on the 15th of January 2021).
To help make people feel confident about going to work, if they cannot work from home, we will make it a legal requirement for all businesses with five or more employees to carry out a Covid risk assessment.
All businesses will need to re-run their risk assessments to take account of the new strain of Coronavirus.
They will cover:
- 2 meter distancing
- PPE and face coverings
- Supporting people to work from home
Risk assessments must be updated whenever circumstances change, including when the alert levels change. Staff and Unions must be involved in their production and they must be available to staff.