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Coronavirus: report an outbreak at your business or workplace

Coronavirus: report an outbreak at your business or workplace

What you must do if there are 2 or more coronavirus (COVID-19) cases associated with your workplace.

The NHS Test and Trace workplace guidance has information on what should happen if a worker:

  • develops coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms
  • tests positive for coronavirus (COVID-19)
  • is told to self-isolate

What an outbreak is

An outbreak is 2 or more confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) among workers or visitors to a workplace within  14 days. 

You may be told about a positive coronavirus cases by:

  • NHS Test and Trace
  • an employee 
  • a customer

Report an outbreak

It's an employer's responsibility to report a coronavirus outbreak in a workplace.

If 2 or more workers or visitors to your workplace test positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), you must contact both:

After you report an outbreak

The heath protection team will:

  • carry out a risk assessment
  • provide public health advice, including whether you should close your business
  • where necessary, establish a multi-agency incident management team to manage the outbreak

The Public Health England (PHE) Health Protection Team will also contact businesses directly if they receive information about confirmed cases that are linked to a particular site or workplace.