The Scottish Government has published new guidance for retailers and manufacturers to consider how people can safely return to work, updated guidance for the construction sector has also been published.

The documents, which are among the first for a number of specific sectors, have been developed in consultation with Local Authorities, Health Safety Executive, business and trades unions. It will provide advice on essential equipment and services needed to create the conditions for safer workplaces.

Companies are expected to undertake a robust risk management approach that has been developed and maintained through joint working with employees. This will offer assurances to workers when the time is right to return to work.

Working to the phased approach in the route map on easing lockdown published last week, it details the steps required for businesses, acknowledging that some will face more complications when reopening than others, while also considering the impact on employees.