The NHS test and trace service forms a central part of the government’s coronavirus (COVID-19) recovery strategy and help businesses work safely and seeks to help the nation return to normal as soon as possible for as many people as possible, in a way that is safe and protects the NHS and social care sector.
Once launched, this service will also play a vital role in providing an early warning if COVID-19 activity is increasing locally, regionally or nationally. This information will then be used to inform the government’s approach to stop the spread of the virus.
This guidance explains how employers and businesses can play their part in the NHS test and trace programme to slow the spread of the virus, protect the health and care system and save lives.
This guidance should be used in conjunction with Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19).
By following the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) guidance, employers can reduce the risk of co-workers having to self-isolate if a member of staff tests positive for COVID-19.
This guidance is for England only. There are equivalent arrangements for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.