Is there any duty on employers to close their workplace if a risk of contact with coronavirus is identified?

Employers are not required to close their workplace as a matter of course if someone suspected to have coronavirus (COVID-19) has been to the premises. The Government provides guidance on cleaning in non-healthcare settings, which employers should follow if an employee or visitor has coronavirus symptoms or has tested positive for coronavirus.

If an employee has coronavirus symptoms while at work, the employer should instruct them to go home immediately and follow the government guidance on self-isolation and testing.