To answer each of your questions:
1. As the business owner you can choose to attend the premises as you see fit. You may wish to enquire with your landlord as to whether they have put any restrictions in place in the first instance i.e. access points, one way systems in common areas etc;
2. If you are to bring staff with you you will need to ensure you fully risk assess the workplace environment and put in place whatever steps are necessary to protect this employee’s health and safety. The government and Public Health England guidance is the minimum expectation on you as an employer and you should be going above this to protect the health and safety of your employee;
3. As above you should do a full risk assessment and put in place practical steps to ensure health and safety is maintained. This can include using separate entrances and exits, hand gel, PPE, one way systems, maintaining social distancing etc;
4. The guidance is currently unclear on this as the 1st June is the earliest possible date for the move to phase 2 and this may change. We are currently expecting more detail from the government in the coming weeks on this. However, it is likely that if you are able to reopen you will need to follow all of the above in the same way for students as you will for staff. The more people who attend the workplace more measures will need to be put in place.
Chris King, Napthens Solicitors