COVID-19: Cleaning for businesses and education centres

This page was last updated 15 May 2020.

This information is for businesses and education centres on cleaning expectations before they become operational, and then ongoing.

If your business or education centre has been closed for longer than five days, any potential COVID-19 virus will probably be inactive. The COVID-19 virus does not live long outside the body, and this length of time covers the different conditions it can survive in, and the length of time COVID-19 can live on a variety of surfaces.

Businesses, offices and education centres should follow their normal cleaning protocols prior to staff re-entering the premises. If this is done by a commercial cleaning company, they will have their own protocols.

Cleaning expectations

If you are responsible for any aspects of cleaning, follow your normal cleaning routine and products uses, noting dwell time. You do not need to wear any special personal protective equipment (PPE) other than what is required for health and safety reasons specified by the manufacturer’s recommendations for the cleaning products you use.

Ensure that:

  • staff and public toilets are well stocked with soap
  • paper towels/hand driers are functional
  • shared spaces, staff rooms/kitchens have a good cleaning routine to keep staff and visitors well.

Hand sanitiser and tissue boxes are to be made available at various points for staff/students to use if available.

It’s important to maintain good hand hygiene practices and encourage people at your premises to do the same.

Read more about basic hygiene to protect yourself from COVID-19 and prevent its spread.

You can also use hand sanitiser (containing at least 60 percent alcohol) if soap and water are not available and if your hands are not visibly dirty. If using hand sanitiser, cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.

Young children may need supervision when using hand sanitiser, and it should not be placed where they can get to it easily to reduce risk of ingesting it.

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